Why the story of Karma is told in verse

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The style of Karma is something that I am often asked about. Why tell this story in free verse? Why not stay with a regular prose format that readers are familiar with? The best answer I have to this question is that Karma’s poetic form suits the emotional lives of Maya and Sandeep. Their feelings are intense, their insights into the world are sharp and critical, and their understanding of what it means to be human is fresh, ragged, not yet smoothed by maturity, not yet smoothed by conventional narrative. Poetry is the perfect medium for their age. The short sentence. The precise image. The outbursts of feeling. Maya and Sandeep invite the reader to look inside their diaries where they reveal an intimate world of secrets, confessions and longings, and where poetry is a fire.


Karma - Cathy Ostlere

Karma - Cathy Ostlere