( painting by –Charu Pintu,Bangladesh)
4th vol, No 1 (April 2017)
Do you know the warm progress under the stars?
Do you know we exist?
Have you forgotten the keys to the kingdom?
Have you been borne yet and are you alive?
…I am feeling like a literary saint at heart in human attire but a blighted star on this planet while beginning with “An American Prayer” by a paradoxical genius, a famous or infamous, anarchic or cosmic in all sense, a William Blake lover, a rock singer by profession and a poet at instinct, Jim Morrison. Though, he too, was a saint at heart but a spoiled and discarded child of Adam on this earth. He continued struggling throughout his life to be a poet, even though; he was considered a popular rock virtuoso in America but he was not satisfied with the tag he was offered by the connoisseurs. He was a verse composer of such powerful and metaphysical lyrics whose resonances still remain and soothe the audience’s ear even farther from America due to the powerful conceit they carry, such magic in words which could take us anywhere. It ends all the pains and reasons of being a man or a woman struggling just for survival. It rejects all the ideas of Lamarck and even hates the dear of science, Charles Darwin. Why do we exist, just makes us think who we are and why we all have just one life or many more incarnations.
What may come out from young minds as the majority of the youth are in a deep anxiety due to a lot of pressure on their heads which is leading them into depression and excessive alcoholism. They do not have space for themselves. They are far from poetry and stories, lullabies and folk songs, their roots and literature they were nurtured when they were children, which could transcend their existence as human beings, sometimes, helps one getting their pain infused with the agony of the characters while reading and watching stories and poetry in books and films due to the suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief has been defined as a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment. S.T. Coleridge, a poet, an aesthetic philosopher who coined this term suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative.
Most of the time, we definitely would have felt like the characters we are told who we all resemble.
In this issue like any other, we have brought lots of poets and writers from across the globe. They are strong believers of humanities and consider it worth spreading through the ideas of knowledge…
In a feature, readers can have a glimpse of the last sketches of a colonial hangover in India particularly in Kolkata’s Hand –pulled rickshaws driven by barefooted rags who have never ever dreamt to be rich.
You can read a beautiful review of the selected poems of Aju Mukhopadhyay by Dr. Dalip Khetrapal…
Some prominent features whereby I am struck by the anthology are: nature pictorial quality, lyrical melody, psychological perception, highlights of corrupt scenario, moral philosophy and a strong sense of justice…
Poets from Asia and world
Dr B.R. Nagpal is a former Professor of Delhi University, Sandeep Kumar Mishra is an outsider artist, an International freelance writer and a lecturer, Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer, Ajmal Khan A.T is a bilingual writer who writes in English and Malayalam, Michael Mulvihill hails from Dublin, Ireland, Steffen Horstmann was born in Niskayuna, New York, and attended the University of Arizona. As Agha Shahid Ali’s student, he studied the history of the ghazal form and began writing his own ghazals in English. Suman Pokhrel is a multilingual Nepali poet, lyricist, translator and an artist from Nepal, Durgesh Verma is a social worker from Varanasi who is helping to generate placements for older girls in the workforce and helping to give older youths the options for self employment as well as empowering women who are supporting their families by enabling them to access education and other skills. Monika Arora is a young poet who believes words are living things, Gowhar Bashir, a young poet from Jammu & Kashmir, India, Dr. Richa Tripathi, Assistant Professor, Humanities Department at Galgotia College of Engineering and Technology, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Harshal Desai is an artist who journeys through the lenses of photography, inks of writing and creating, Len Cristobal is a writer from the Philippines while Professor Indira Babbellapati’s English poetry has been translated into Bangla, Spanish, and French. She made her presence felt at many national and international poetry meets, Yioula Loannou Pastalidou is from the historical wealthy family of Gonemi. After graduating from Pancyprian Lyceum of Larnaca she pursued study in France. In 1996 she creates a radio show at a private radio station. Mousif Beroual is a Moroccan poet and a winner of the universal inspiration poet- 2016 award. Rahul Ahuja is a poet who hails from Surat located in the state of Gujarat. He feels that poetry is a fortuitous journey. Daniel Moskowitz, a poet from Colorado, Wayne Hislop a published poet from Ireland who is dyslexic and has had reading and writing problems for most of his adult life. One of his poems ‘Yesterday Man’ was shortlisted in September by The Fourth Annual Bangor Poetry Competition and Blackberry Path Arts Studio. Dhriti Haldhar, a young poet from Kolkata, India, Anit Mukherjee a young Bengali poet from India. Sonali Raj did an MFA in creative writing from City University, Hong Kong. She lives near New Delhi. Debasish Parashar is an art & culture enthusiast, singer, lyricist, poet (to some extent) and social journalist based in New Delhi, India. Ritwik Ghosh is the author of two books of poems,” The Democracy of dreams” and “The Art of the Ode”, and the composer of five works of music, a violin concerto and a trumpet . Nalini Priyadarshni is the author of Doppelganger in My House (2016) and co author of Lines Across Oceans (2015). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and international anthologies. Rony Nair is a worshipper at the altar of prose and poetry for almost as long as he could think. They have been the shadows of his life & bedside at the end of a long day; the repository that does the sound of silence inimitably well. Rony works as an oil and gas Risk Management consultant. He’s been 20 years in the industry since starting off as an Industrial engineer a long time ago. Rony was a published columnist with the Indian Express. He is a professional photographer too.Akeredolu tope obtained is bachelor’s degree in English language from AAUA. He works as English language instructor at St Gregory college ikare and writes poetry at night.He lives with is family in Ikare Akoko southwest Nigeria- the town of the twin mountain
Born in Mauritius in1977, Vatsala Radhakeesoon has had a keen interest in poetry writing since a very young age. She is currently self-employed and continues to write poems in English, French, Kreol and Hindi. Daipayan Nair was born in a town named Silchar in Assam, India. He is a freelance writer, author, poet, surrealist and admin of a few active groups on social media platforms. He writes poetry on an array of subjects. His recently published book containing his collection named ‘The Frost’, a bouquet of lyrical poems, has gathered positive reviews from many spheres. Asim Kumar Paul is a retired person. He is of 66 years age. He lives with his wife at Kharagpur town, West Bengal, India. He has four publications of poetry books.
poetry editor of INK of the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a postgraduate student of literature. She believes in the sounds of silence and qualities of seasons, among other things and is a dedicated scholar of the rubric of postcolonial literature. Amir Sarem a contemporary poet from Iran., India. Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada who received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. Eftichia Kapardeli a contemporary poet from Greece. Amrit Gangar is an Indian film scholar, historian, critic, curator and writer from Mumbai, India. Amrit Gangar has been working in the field of cinema in various capacities for over three decades. He has been part of production and creative teams of numerous feature, documentaries, short films and video installations by artists from Europe and Scandinavia. For the past several years, he has been engaged with his new theoretical-philosophical concept Cinema of Prayoga or Cinema Prayoga.
Deepanker Y, introduced as the youngest poet of India is a voracious reader and student of literature at Allahabad University who I met during my academics from the same alma mater. I have never met anybody like him before, a sharp-eyed and creative genius in the true sense.
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 Nepali poets by Suman pokhrel.
Feature —— In a feature, readers can have a glimpse of the last sketches of a colonial hangover in India particularly in Kolkata’s Hand –pulled rickshaws driven by barefooted rags who have never ever dreamt to be rich.
We are going to have an Interview with I.K.Sharma by Goutam Karmakar.
- ’’Flip talk with I.K.Sharma”————–he is an Indian writer & poet .
You can read a beautiful review of the selected poems of Aju Mukhopadhyay by Dr. Dalip Khetrapal.
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