Prithvi Varatharajan

Prithvi Varatharajan is a poet, essayist, and sometimes literary audio producer who lives in Melbourne. His début collection of poems and prose, Entries, was published in 2020 by Cordite Books. He has had poetry published widely in Australian journals, and his essays have featured in such publications as the Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, Adaptation, Cultural Studies Review, and Peril. Prithvi holds an interdisciplinary PhD on ABC Radio National’s Poetica, and was a recipient of a 2020 Emerging Critics Fellowship at the Sydney Review of Books. He commissions essays on poetry’s media for Cordite Poetry Review.

Prithvi Varatharajan reviews 'Views of the Hudson: A New York Book of Psalms' by Angela Gardner

March 2010, no. 319 01 March 2010
Prithvi Varatharajan reviews 'Views of the Hudson: A New York Book of Psalms' by Angela Gardner
The first poem in Angela Gard­ner’s 2007 début collection, Parts of Speech, impressed me with its emotional power. I found the subsequent poems less driven but, at the same time, animated by an unusual poetic style. Gardner is a visual artist as well as a poet, and these practices seem interrelated. Her new book, Views of the Hudson, affirms my first impression of her style: her poetry is a ... (read more)

Prithvi Varatharajan reviews 'Dropbear' by Evelyn Araluen and 'TAKE CARE' by Eunice Andrada

November 2021, no. 437 25 October 2021
Prithvi Varatharajan reviews 'Dropbear' by Evelyn Araluen and 'TAKE CARE' by Eunice Andrada
There is a moment of reflexivity in Evelyn Araluen’s diary poem ‘Breath’, in which the poet, thousands of kilometres away, follows news reports of bushfires ravaging Australia, including the Dharug Country where she grew up. ‘I’ve started a book which seeks to tease the icons of Australiana that have been so volatile to this country. They, too, are burning,’ she writes. Several reviewe ... (read more)