Manu Mangattu

Biography

Manu Mangattu is an Assistant Professor in English hailing from Kerala, India. Born on 21st of December 1985, he imbibed his penchant for poetry and flair for writing from his parents. He completed his post-graduation in English Language and Literature from Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam securing second rank and a career as a litterateur. Soon he joined the Department of English, St George’s College where he has been imparting lessons in English literature ever since. He delivers lectures on topics ranging from literary theory and Sanskrit poetics to critical appreciation and creativity. His areas of interest include Western and Eastern aesthetics, celebrity studies, diaspora literature and musicology. His latest published works include articles on inclusive education, gendering of genius, phenomenology and eco-aesthetics. He writes poetry both in English and Malayalam. He calls himself a brooding romanticist in poetry, a doubtful debutant in fiction and a morbid classicist in criticism. He is on the editorial board of Spring Magazine, an online journal customised for literature students [ISSN Online: 2455-4715] and has served as the chief editor of an anthology of research articles (ISBN: 978-93-85105-32-6). His latest publication is Pain, Pleasure and Paradox in Poetry (2016), an international verse compendium. He spearheads the activities in www.mutemelodist.com, a website that caters to the creative aspirations of budding writers. He is happily married to Neethu Tessa and settled at Kalathipady, Kottayam. He can be contacted at manumangattu@gmail.com , +91-9496322323.

Smashwords Interview

Excerpts from the Interview with Mr Manu Mangattu by Dr David Greene, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Here we go:
Dr Greene: Why is it that there is very little Nature in your poetry? It is baffling since your love for the Romantics is well known. Is a volume of Nature poetry around the corner?
Manu Mangattu: No; probably I will never have a poem, let alone a volume, on Nature. I know this is dangerous territory and I might scare away some of my potential readers, but let me have no pretentions. I don’t have it in me to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Nature. When I go for sight-seeing, when I am in the lap of Nature, it is invariably the company that delights me and not the sights themselves. I see them all excellently fair, but within me I can’t experience that beauty. It used to perplex me a lot why I wasn’t able to see and absorb what my friends could. These days I console myself attributing my lack of sensitivity towards Nature to my colour-blindness. But I know it isn’t true. Nature shouldn’t be about the eyes, shouldn’t be about any of the senses. Maybe I should put it this way. I am more preoccupied, in life and in Art, with human nature, much much more than anything and everything else. The inner life of man, the inner nature of man, delights, perplexes, energises and propels me, a lot more than the outer nature.
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Books

Mute Melodies
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: British English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Poetry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
Mute Melodies is an anthology of 25 poems penned by Manu Mangattu. It comprises the ideal kind of poetry: inspired, imaginative, and intelligent. The poems deal with themes as varied as love and longing, memories and modernity, religion and reason. This is Romantic poetry at its melancholic, brooding best! Easily one of the finest poetry collections to emerge from the academia.
Pain Pleasure and Paradox in Poetry: A Verse Compendium
Price: Free! Words: 9,720. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Poetry often seems to use a language that relies heavily on oxymora, paradoxes and contradictions. Phrases like “the brilliant darkness of a hidden silence”, “dazzling obscurity”, “whispering silence”, “teeming desert” or “undivided division and differentiated unity” are not uncommon in poetry. This verse compendium is an attempt at anthologizing this puzzling chemistry between poetry and paradox.

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Latest book: Mute Melodies. Published October 6, 2016.