queer literature

- Viktig å gi plass til homosex i litteraturen

“Det er viktig å skrive om homosex i dikt og skjønnlitteratur, gi det plass, beskrive det som noe vakkert.”

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Gaysir intervjuet meg i forbindelse med lanseringen av
Poetry Is Possible. Lanseringen var et fellesprosjekt. Venner, som også jobber med tekst og historier på ulike vis, valgte et dikt hver som de fremførte. Også de er kort intervjuet.
Les hele Gaysir-artikkelen her.

Poetry Is Possible: Selected Poems

“Poetry is Possible” is a collection of some new and some old poems of mine.
Available now in bookstores as well as online via
Amazon and more

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“Vikram’s poems are lyrical and honest. Many of them beautifully capture the queer Indian experience in a way that has rarely been done before.”
Udayan Dhar, founding editor of Pink Pages—India’s National LGBT Magazine.

“Vikram’s poetry intersects the fields of sexuality, sensuality, and the spiritual. His work shows that in every moment poetry is possible.”
Ranvir Shah, curator of Poetry with Prakriti Festival.

“Passionate, vibrant, brave, and filled with love. A true bliss of a poetry book.”
Hannah Wozene Kvam, slam poet, writer, member of the artist collective Queendom.

“Spiritual and sexual is possible. Vikram’s sincere poems create a sweet harmony and uncover beautiful queer love.”
Sampda “Samsaya” Sharma, singer-songwriter.

The Hindu interview

“At a time when people in the arts often shy away from speaking of their spiritual practice for fear of being perceived as woolly-headed, apolitical or even dogmatic, Vikram Kolmannskog comes as a breath of fresh air. This poet and Gestalt therapist from Oslo, who recently toured India with his new book Taste and See: A Queer Prayer wears his heart on his sleeve more fiercely than you can imagine.”

Interviewed in The Hindu about my latest book
Taste and See. A Queer Prayer.

Read the interview here

A longer unedited version is available here

A spiritual and sensual prayer

“To avoid pain some resort to drinking or drugs, others to social media or sex. With silence, slowing down, awareness and compassion something else might happen. And this is what the narrator in the story eventually does. After fleeting chats and hookups, overconsumption of chocolate and Netflix, he goes to a silent retreat.”

I was recently interviewed in the Bangalore Mirror about my latest book
Taste and See. A Queer Prayer.

Read the full interview here

Orlando, mi amor

Orlando, mi amor,

I heard, about the shooting. Sorry I didn’t get in touch sooner.

They say the gunman had seen you kiss.

It made me think of us again. Those tentative first touches, your smell, hearts racing. But outside the bed so brutal, my silly rationalizations: Public displays of affection are just vulgar, I said, it’s not about being less gay. 

Lo siento, mi amor. Of course it was. About being less gay. About the terror. I was terrified when you tried to kiss me at the station.

And then te acuerdas, that time I fell asleep on the bus, my head resting on your shoulder? I woke up to an angry voice, I did wake up, that white guy yelling at us, perverts, burn in hell, you yelling back. Hearts racing. I kept my eyes shut, pretending to still be asleep, only later asking qué pasó?

Lo siento, mi amor. I’ve been so proud of you. And I’ve been so ashamed of myself, for not fighting more, fighting for our love. 

But now, writing this, I also see that eyes closed pretending to sleep, I at least remained with my head on your shoulder. At least I did that. While you yelled back. I hope you felt that. 

And next time we meet, Orlando, for old times’ sake, for a future, let’s do a public display of affection. Hell, I’ll even sing your favorite song. Bésame, bésame mucho.



Også publisert på bl.a.
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Engagement - et kortfilmmanus

Pink Pages, et indisk homse- og lesbemagasin, har nettopp publisert et kortfilmmanus jeg har skrevet.

Engagement by Vikram Kolmannskog is a story of two young gay lovers - one Hindu and the other Muslim - and how they seek to overcome the odds they face in the small town they call home.”

Les
Engagement, Pink Pages, December 2012 (Short film script)