Welcome to Asian Signature (ISSN NO: 2456-1584)

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( painting by –Charu Pintu,Bangladesh)

 3rd vol, No 2 (August 2016)

        It is said when a poet reaches at the zenith of its creativity he/she gets metamorphosed into a painter and vice-versa. Dante is one of the famous writers we have in the history of human civilization who paved the way to thousands of artists across the globe. His magnum opus, Divine comedy greatly influenced Augustus Rodin, a famous Italian sculpturist, to chisel “The Thinker”, a famous sculpture who is an epitome of intellectuality and creativity. The naked man symbolizes a philosophical state of mind which is the best condition for creation and it provides a deeper understanding to know the world from general to particular, so that, a creator can enjoy pleasure like ejaculation from its soul. As intercourse demands nakedness, the creativity itself demands to be naked sometimes because the physical conglomeration does not give much pleasure to the pairs in veil. The creativity itself will make one naked at the peak of its founding as what the world heard about Archimedes’s “Eureka” moment.

Rodin’s sculpture is static in presence but Archimedes is the live illustration of “The Thinker”. There is not only Archimedes but a lot many mutants of this kind. There is poetry in every painting and hundreds of painting/mural/sculpture in every poem.

This tradition was not only limited with Dante to Rodin but also continued and passed through artists like Salvador Dali and Vincent Vonghog to poets like Keats and Browning. Furthermore, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore never distinguished painting from poetry. He just went on sketching even his errors on the paper where he was to write poetry and this can be seen in plenty at every metro station in Calcutta (now Kolkata). The togetherness of both genres brought lot of movements that awakened and made people able to look things differently. Here, I have few movements in my mind that I was taught during my masters, it was pre-Raphaelite named after Raphael, the painter. He was contemporary to Michel Angelo, the “Sistine Chapel” imaginative genius. Raphael influenced 19th century poet D. G. Rossetti and others. Other powerful movements were Impressionism/expressionism and symbolism/imagism/surrealism that got carved and shaped out either in the form of painting or poetry. Henceforth, even the modern artists and poets get inspiration from each other…

There are many columns and sub-sections as following:

 Poets from Asia and world

Adam Levon Brown from United states (world), Sheikha A from Pakistan ( Asian), Alton from Cagayan de Oro, Don Beukes from Cape Town South Africa, His poetry deals with themes such as racism, death, conception, womanhood, prejudice, nature and other global issues. Elizabeth E .Castillo from Philippines, Ojo Taiye is a young Nigerian who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with the society. Luz  María López, a poet and women Advócate from Puerto Rico Carl Scharwath, Gary Beck, a theater director from New York. Geosi Gyasi is the winner of the 2015 Air France Prize for Prose. He is from Ghana. Sukrita Paul Kumarborn in Kenya, currently holds the Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at Delhi University, a well-known poet, translator and an artist. Stanley H Barkan, poet/publisher cross-cultural communications from 239 Wynsum Avenue Merrick. Ehi’zogie Iyeomoan a lover of arts and aesthetics from Nigeria. Rob Harle is a poet, editor .artist from Australia. Usha kishore is an award winning British poet and translator from India. Phillip o’ Neil is a poet & journalist  from U.K. Anjum Hasan  is Sahitya Akademi  Award recipient, an Indian novelist, short story writer, poet, and editor.  Amrit Gangar is a Mumbai-based writer, film theorist, curator and historian. Amir Sarem a poet from Iran.

Articles

We have three sub- sections of Articles:

 Focus —-This sub-section has brought light on the Emergence of Dalit Literature in Translation. In this issue, we shall discuss on the translation of Dalit poetry by Arunava Sinha.

 Feature —— Contemporary poems inspired by paintings or contemporary poetry on visual Art.

This particular section displays a beautiful conglomeration of poetry and painting as husband- wife for a son. Both are wedded in the critical mind of an artist and maintains the decorum what Horace, the famous roman creative light stated once, “ut pictura poesis”–“as is painting, so is poetry”

Responding to old and modern paintings, we’ve chosen contemporary Irish poet & artist Mike Absalom.  His paintings offer the viewer an explosion of colours which are bold and divergent. The sensory and even the sensual become idealized, image becomes symbol, and physical experience is superseded by mental states as we are thrust deeply into the self-contained emotional worlds of their varied personae. Each painting provides a direct sense of how the artist viewed each scene, interpreted through his eyes, mind, and heart. This radically idiosyncratic, emotionally evocative style has unique way of expression. The inner spirituality of man and nature led to a fusion of style and content that resulted in dramatic, imaginative, rhythmic, and emotional canvases that convey far more than the mere appearance of the subject used an impulsive, gestural application of paint and symbolic colors to express subjective emotions.

Fusion—–Calcutta – coffee house, epicenter of Bengali Poetic Movement.——

(College street ka Naya Masiha (New messiah of college street, Kolkata) : Today ,when we look at Indian politics we are stunned by this prophetic discourse delivered more than 55 years ago with ‘The Hungry Generation Movement’ in Bengali Literature ,which took place in Calcutta(now Kolkata), 1961.This literary movement was launched by Malay Roychoudhury, Subimal Basak, Debi Ray, Saileswar Ghose, Basudeb Dasgupta,Tridip Mitra, Subhas Ghose, Falguni Ray and Arunesh Ghose who were in their early twenties at that time. This movement was based on the discourses occurred in College Street Coffe House Kolkata. It had participants from various cities and this movement got spread later over North Bengal, TripuraBenares, Allahabad, Bombay (now Mumbai). It has its own philosophy:

“Poetry is not the caging of belches within form. It should convey the brutal sound of the breaking values and startling tremors of the rebellious soul of the artist himself with words stripped of their usual meaning .Poetry should be able to follow music in the power it posses of evoking a state of mind .”

[Hungry manifestos]

Interviews———-

 

  • “I have a paper soul, it has had to crumple more than once even so it still revive sand keeps being the gentle wrap of my own existence”.———–

We are going to have an Interview with Luz María López, Continental Director World Festival of Poetry (WFP) & Poetic Front in Defense of Women’s Rights (WM)

  • ’’Flip talk with Anjum Hasan”————–sheis Sahitya Akademi Award recipient an Indian novelist, short story writer, poet and editor.

Book Reviews

Songs of a Dissident: Echoing the Strong Voice of Protest: —– Songs of a Dissident is a wonderful olio of protest poems by Scott Thomas Outlar. The second book  of Nitin Soni’s The Broken Boat is a collection of 35 new poems reviewed by Bhaskar Jha.The Disorder of Things: A Review of Kushal Poddar’s A Place for Your Ghost Animals (Colorado Springs: Ripple Effect Publishing LLC, 2015) and Understanding the Neighborhood (Melbourne: Blank Rune Press, 2015) by Dr. Amit Shankar Saha and Shimmering chimes Maaya Dev’s debut Anthology –‘Shimmering Chimes’ is a potpourri of priceless poems of different shades and colors reviewed by Shamsher Singh, an engineer, poet, critic, Reviewer.

Asian Signature offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics by poets from around the world. We are stitching together national and international community through publishing literature and art from around the world, bringing readers into a common space for the global exchange of ideas and experiences.Suggestions from all respectable quarters will help us evolve. Strongly believe that the possibility of a better work always remains. Hope Asian Signature will mark a signature in the literary world with all its potentiality. Happy reading…

Dhruva Harsh
Co-founder & Chief –Managing Editor of Asian Signature
Kolkata.India.
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