Welcome to Crowstep Journal, a memorial project dedicated to my great, great grandfather and revolutionary Indian poet Kundur Narayana Menon 1861 - 1936. He was part of a progressive group of writers in Kerala that turned away from using the exclusive language of Sanskrit in favour of writing poetry in his regional language of Malayalam to better express ordinary, everyday life. He was also mentor to India's Poet Laureate Vallathol Narayana Menon.
In India, crows are believed to be the spirits of our ancestors and so Crowstep Journal is a space that explores themes around ancestry, the natural world, the extra-ordinary in the ordinary and the magic of everyday things. We invite you to submit poems on these themes in fresh, inventive, surprising and unusual ways and encourage broad interpretations.
Submissions from all are welcome. Selected work will be published on a rolling basis and we also hope to publish an anthology of selected poems in 2023.
Crowstep Journal is edited by myself Sujatha Menon, John Herbert (co-editor) and a range of guest writers. Please read our submissions page carefully before sending us your finest work! We very much look forward to reading it.