March 2017: Trivarna Hariharan
Trivarna Hariharan is an undergraduate student of English Literature. She has authored The Necessity of Geography (Flutter Press), Home and Other Places (Nivasini Publishers), and Letters I Never Sent (Writers Workshop, Kolkata). Her poems appear or are forthcoming from Alexandria Quarterly, Allegro, Birds Piled Loosely, Random Sample Review, Sweet Tree Review, Open Road Review, TXTOBJX, Vayavya, Café Dissensus, Red Bird Chapbooks, The Sunflower Collective, Quail Bell, Eunoia Review and others. She has finished a poetry course, "The Poet's Craft" at Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford University. She has served as the editor in chief at Inklette, poetry editor at Moledro and Goodwill Ambassador for Postcards for Peace. She is the poetry editor for Corner Club Press.
An Epistle to Alzheimer’s
The man leaning over the window is volatile. His eyes are contorted by a sudden loss of memory, his fingers tap restlessly on the sill. His voice is nebulous—a gathering of clouds in pursuit of its shadows. Everything seems to be lost here, even his body.
He leans closer to the mirror to realize he has lost it. Where did it go?
Somewhere far away, a horse neighs softly. That is his voice, it dawns upon him. His reality. When he drapes it around himself, the moon will no longer be a stranger. The sun a myth. He will stop wondering about the stars in the horizon, their irreparable losses.
(Previously published in Red Bird Chapbooks’ weekly reads)
A Conversation with Trivarna Hariharan
Richa: What do you primarily aim to achieve through your writing?
Trivarna: I presume that's an essentially malleable answer. All works of art trace individual pathways. Consequently - pieces might differ from each other in terms of their natures, tonalities, sounds and so on. Every one of them tends to differ in its ability to achieve, so the idea of achievement becomes variable. Personally, I have no concrete constancy to what I do. The notion is subjective to me, so it varies from piece to piece.
Richa: What is the greatest challenge you've ever faced as a writer?
Trivarna: Coming to accept that everyone responds to one's art in different ways. Simple as it may sound, it took me a long time to realise that - longer still to accept it. Sometimes I grapple with it even today. But of course, a space as subjective as art warrants diverse responses, and one needs to learn how to have them co-exist with one another.
Richa: What has been your most rewarding experience?
Trivarna: To be acknowledged, I think. Irrespective of how individualised and personal a space it may be, it always feels good to be heard and connected with.