( painting by –Charu Pintu,Bangladesh)
5th vol No 1 (June 2018)
…Life ends but the cycle continues, I think the first three dots signify infinity and the process of thought which has no beginning, middle and end. A line is drawn from the single dot but their ends have no meeting point, it goes diametrically opposite from its inception. The very first dot one starts with goes on drawing a line having so many dots underneath that complete a line.
Poetry is as same as one dot connected with so many emotions and sicknesses be it personal or domestic which I personally assume is very close to the civilisation of mankind where the human race emerged out to be a superior amongst all species existing on this beautiful planet called “Earth” and survived for thousand million years or even much more. Poetry, what I have guessed so far is a question of ‘indulgence’ and a ‘deeper anxiety’ like an uncountable infinite waves of Arabic Ocean which I can observe while sitting on the seashore in Mumbai, a city of delusion but full of mysticism!
There is no art and meditation better than poetry one attempts to escape from the material world. Escape is a beautiful metaphor for imagination a poet seeks being into the world full of lust, greed, hatred and vengeance which corrupts the soul of humanity and wounds the civilization of various continents. What remains once a poet dies, perhaps everything the soul manifests, all their thoughts and the world they see from their naked eyes bestow upon us with the bliss. Does it divine…yes, of course it takes its own way and every creative soul I think is guided by some intangible sources. Poet is a rare species and the rarest with brilliance are super souls. They are quite a few like John Milton, Rabindranath Tagore, Walt Whitman and G. M. Hopkins who enlightened the world with their wit and polemics, insight and prophecy. Here, I quote a few lines of Tagore’s Gitanjali, though they are oft quoted, however the charm of these lines are perennial—
Where the mind is without fear and the head is
Held high; where the knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into
Fragments by narrows domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the Clear stream of reason has not lost
Its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action—
Into that haven of freedom, my father , let my country awake.
This issue also, as previous issues, brings some of the best poets from the world.
Poets from Asia and world
Ebi Robert is from Nembe/Egweama in Bayelsa State of Nigeria; a state in the Southern part of Nigeria.Steve Haberlin,Doctoral Student, Elementary Education,Department of Teaching and Learning,University of South Florida Tampa, Florida.Gary Robinson, a writer and poet from ottawa, ontario, canada.E. Breman Veerasingam, Lecturer (Probationary),Department of Languages & Communication Studies.Trincomalee Campus,Eastern University, Sri Lanka.Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets.Vlad Teodor Petcu is an apprentice of the tainted quill born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. Ndifreke George was born and bred in the ancient city of Calabar, Nigeria. A graduate of Geophysics but a prolific writer; his works have been published on Poems and Poetry.Phina So is a researcher, writer, a poet and a member of the Khmer literature collective, Slap Paka, and the head of the Women Writers Committee at PEN Cambodia. She has published an anthology of short stories with a group of authors.
Amrit Gangar is a Mumbai-based writer, film theorist, curator and historian. During his college days he used to write poems off and on both in English (as also Gujarati) and several of them were published in journals including Kavi India, Mirror, Youth Times, Calcutta Canvas, Bharat Jyoti, an anthology of poems on Emergency, etc. Of late, he has again picked up his poetic thread. Anit Mukherjee an engineer by profession but a poet by heart.Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and artist. He was born in 1973 in Hilla. His name has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies and he have won many prizes; one of them “World Laureate-Best Poet in 2017 from WNWU”.Sushilkumar Shinde ( B 1988) is a promising young voice in the contemporary Marathi Poetry. His first collection of poetry Shahar Atmahatya Karayach Mhantay (The city on the verge suicide), published in 2016, won him the various state prestigious awards and highly appreciated in reader and critics.Moinak Dutta, born on 5th September, 1977 to an immigrant family, he has been writing poems and stories from school days.Done postgraduation in English. Presently engaged as a teacher of English.Many of his poems and stories are published in national and international anthologies and magazines.Faiz Ahmad is the founder of healthcare startup, Orbuculum and he hs a passionate interest in poetry as an art form for understanding life. His poems have been published in Indian Literature Magazine of Sahitya Akademi.Sandeep Kumar Mishra is a writer, poet, and lecturer in English Literature. He is the art instructor at Kishlaya Outsider Art Academy. He has edited a collection of poems by various poets – Pearls (2002) and written a professional guidebook -How to be (2016) and a collection of poems and art-Feel My Heart(2016).Abhi Subedi was born in eastern Nepal and educated in Nepal and Britain. He is a professor of English at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, and an established writer who has published works in both Nepali and English, including plays, essays, poems and literary criticism and history. He has also translated works from English into Nepali, and from Nepali into English.Renowned lyricist Dinesh Adhikari is a brilliant poet, capable of framing in poetic frames timeless ripples of the experiences woven in the songs of life with rhythm and vibration. He enjoys simple, symbolic presentation, temporal awareness, and serious revelation of contents in simple expressive style.Suman Pokhrel, an eminent Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist; is widely reckoned as one of the most creative contemporary voices. He lives in Biratnagar, a city nestled in the foothills of Himalayas. He writes in Nepali, English, Hindi and Urdu.Abu Sufian – who is also known as The Silent Poet – was born in 1989 in Comilla, Bangladesh. He is a poet, journalist and social worker whose writings have appeared in many national and international publications that include newspaper, magazine, literary journals and books. Sufian currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and he can be reached at his official Facebook poetry page, Poornima Laxmeshwar resides in the garden city Bangalore and works as a content writer for a living.Born and brought up in Guwahati, Payal Phukan is an engineer who escapes from the world of data and numbers by playing with words. She is an emerging poet with a few publications online. She perceives poetry as a way to connect with the thoughts and emotions which shy away from her otherwise. Pitambar Naik was born and raised in Odisha in India. He is an advertising copywriter based in Hyderabad and writes poetry and non-fiction in English. He has been featured in journals such as Brown Critique, Spark Magazine, CLRI, Indian Review, Indian Ruminations, Galaxy-IMRJ, UK, Hunter Poems, UK, Muse India, HEArt Online, Fair Folk-A Magazine of Fantastic, Tuck Magazine in the USA, Indian Periodical, Hans India, The New Indian Express, Metaphor in the Philippines, and Bhashabandhan Review in the USA and elsewhere. Nilotpal Sarmah is a content writer by profession hailing from the North-Eastern Indian state of Assa, currently residing in the Indian city of Bangalore. A poet by intellect, he has been putting his thoughts in the written form from an early age and is writing in the hope of seeing his work in book form someday. Mousumi Ghosh, works as a Senior Administrator in a reputed school located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.She started writing poetries in English from a very young age and has her own blog .Her love for poetry and her passion for writing has led some of her poetries published in local magazines, e-magazines in India and abroad.
There are many columns and sub-sections as following:
We have three sub- sections of Articles:
Focus —-This sub-section has brought light on the Contemporary Bengali poets by Moinak Dutta.
- I like to explore in my poems subjects like my inner journey with a mythical connection to the actual situations.Interview of Mesut Şenol by Vatsala Radhakeesoon.
- Rudrasankar’s poetry is a sophisticated combination of self-reflections of everyday life.Interview of Rudrasankar by Surabhi Bhattacharya.
Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar’s collection of poetry “Soothing Serenades: Straight from the Heart” does explicate the concept of love from various angles, perspectives and point of views. Love is explored in this collection in a stark and apt manner without losing its verve and strength by Cijo Joseph Chennelil Kuravilangad.
‘Flowers and Monsters’ : Poems of Atindriyo Chakraborty by Ballari Sen.The clichéd identity of ‘Me’ and ‘Myself’ faces a disapproval from the author. He is a disclaimer, speaking out uncut versions of the ‘negatives’ resplendent with the wounds and blunders, false inhibitions and fear parenchyama, developing out of different changing circumstances.
Dr Vivekanand Jha ‘s collection of poems ‘Falter and Fall’ by Pitambar Naik.Poet Vivekanand Jha a compassionate human who dares to express, delineate and sketch the faces of our society. He tries hard to compose a picture of human struggles, relationships and exchange of heart and mind in real life situation in a nutshell.
Bhisma Upreti, a well known poet and essayist of Nepal who has several books in his credit, has come out this time with ‘What if the Sky Falls?’. The more affectionate about this creation is that it is published by GREY SPARROW, an America publishing house. It’s a collection of 28 poems, initially composed in Nepali and translated by different translators from Nepal only. Reviewed by L B Chhetri.
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