In this room, the po­ems come and go

Domus - - CONTENTS - Mus­tan­sir Dalvi

Ran­jit Hoskote

The arts, how­ever di­verse they may seem in their ar­tic­u­la­tion, have a com­mon am­bi­tion: to trans­fig­ure our con­scious­ness, to am­plify our senses, to ex­pand the hori­zons of our be­ing. In this spirit, let us re­call that po­etry and ar­chi­tec­ture have never been far apart. Poets have re­sponded to the ele­gance of ar­chi­tec­ture; ar­chi­tects to the ca­dence of po­etry. The word ‘stanza’ lies at the heart of both dis­ci­plines: a ba­sic unit for or­gan­is­ing a poem, it means ‘room’ in Ital­ian. We in­au­gu­rate the po­etry sec­tion of DO­MUS In­dia with scin­til­lat­ing new work by a con­tem­po­rary poet-ar­chi­tect, Mus­tan­sir Dalvi.

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