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Let us reflect on the obscure nature of poetry in modern times. I would like to start with a personal experience. A few days back I had to apply for a tourist visa to Europe. I filled out the visa form in this manner; Profession - poet, and Reason for Travel- poetry reading. The girl at the visa counter looked puzzled; maybe she couldn’t think of writing poetry as a profession. In the present day world, poetry has become just a part time hobby. One has to be teacher, doctor or something else before being a poet. Those days are gone when the job of a poet was a highly regarded one, and poets commanded respect in society. Today, a person can be a full time player, dancer, artist or politician, but cannot be a full time poet.
Every other branch of art seems to be lucrative, a painter for instance can sell his paintings for a substantial amount of money, but poetry cannot feed a poet. It burns away the poet's heart, and takes away his/her money.
Rati Saxena

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Once there was no earth, the universe was bare

and all my sides were luminous
and my face was luminous and my eyes were luminous
and the soles of my feet were luminous
and even the spot where the soles of my feet stepped was luminous

And I wasn't capable
of even the slightest waning
of even nearing the awareness of waning
and from the moment there was awareness of waning, waning was formed
Diti Ronen
*
I was asked not to look at the tree
Where knowledge grew.
The instruction to Adam was also the same.
One day we both touched the tree
Ate the fruit
Received knowledge forbidden...
Sanghita Sen

*
It was born of a portrait of fog unmentionable
Waves lit this voracity.
The foundations of the day went on to the blood
The cities remained white Watched the halves
of the same body in different coffins.

Rodrigo Verdugo
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Here I am, standing with empty hands, the dagger, the whip, the mallet, the knife on the floor, scattered around my shoes. Wheat stalks waiting for the gleaner to come.
The angel (pale wings of a black albatross) does not look like someone who would use weapons with a blade. He looks like anything but a hired killer. He leans over with such elegance (my God, a Botticelli painting with a sweet-gaze Madonna) that I think right away: he is going to pick up a bunch of flowers, a dozen chrysanthemums will sprout instantly on the tile floor, and He, because he is clairvoyant, anticipates such miraculous flowering.
But not so: with the gesture of a magician, He opens his palm over the objects of violence spread out at my feet, and he makes a bundle with them, as if it were a heap of asparagus or a bunch of daisies, not to say a bundle of firewood.
From here I can see Him throw them into the pond, like whoever after a crime wants to erase fingerprints from a gun handle. Seeing he reaches out to me, palms up, I step back...

FRANÇOISE ROY

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I lived at the edge of the town
like a streetlamp whose light bulb
no one ever replaces.
Cobwebs held the walls together,
and sweat our clasped hands.
I hid my teddy bear
in the holes in the unskillfully built stone walls
saving him from dreams.
*
When we grow apart
the contents of the air will change,
sorrow will descend unheard
on the outer sides of waterspouts
like the shadow of a frightened lizard.
Every waking outside of our bed
will be condemned,
every filling and emptying of the chest
will become an involuntary conquest of space.
Closeness will escape our hands like a drop
from the body of a fish just caught.

*

I saw dreams that no one remembers
and people wailing at the wrong graves.
I saw embraces in a falling airplane
and streets with open arteries.
I saw volcanoes asleep longer than
the roots of the family tree
and a child who's not afraid of the rain.
Only it was me no one saw,
only it was me no one saw.Nikola Madzirov

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My bow is wooden
and
the arrow a weed
the carpenter
is
a beginner.
My shop
is
without lock
in the market.
None knows
that
I am a pilgrim
sans pilgrimage

*

I closed
all windows and doors
I caught
the thief
and flogged him with
the word.

*

I dusted
the mirror
the mind
was pure
I saw
the “I”
in me
I saw
him —All.
I was naught.

*

some are
awake
in sleep.
Some are
asleep
in wakefulness.
Some smell
foul
after a bath
some are
actionless
in action.

LAL DED

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VOL- V / PART - II
(July- 2009 )
 

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