Lockdown Brain—poems penned and visualised during the lockdown
Words by poet-designer, Ananya Khaitan, founder of Novel, a visual design studio — When the pandemic hit India and we went into lockdown, I was stuck in my tiny apartment, alone and bouncing off the walls. These set of poems called, ‘Lockdown Brain’ as a particular kind of cabin fever that plagues those with the creative affliction. It is this stir-crazy state that saw me combine my twin passions—poetry and design—into a series of ‘visual poems’. Weight-gain, ‘the new normal’ work emails, corporate bailouts … I channelled every woe and concern plaguing me into this project. Each visual poem came with its own constraints. Apart from the constraints of metrical rhyme itself, the choice of visual imposed certain restrictions on language, word count, etc. Indeed, some came with technological constraints as well. (More below.)
This work won a Blue Elephant at the Kyoorius Design Awards 2021 under Writing for Design category.
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