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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay


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What is your poetry?

Poetry communicates what nothing other than poetry can. We all have those unspoken stories, the resounding silence and the brilliance of darkness that defy the structures of prose. Some of us can have poetry to speak for us, like Suheir does. Some of us do not have it and read it to know that someone else has spoken for us.

Leonard Cohen said, 'Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.'

How well is your life burning? How much ash did it gather? What is your poetry?

Dedicated to my TED friend Jim Moonan.


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    May 21 2013: Well, I'm going to be a little poetic here and say that my poetry, and my art in general, is the art of the world; the beauty of every single structure, every single action, the curious formations of all matter and energy of the world.
    But my favourite poets are Rumi and Hafiz, because this poetry that I spoke about, they've grasped it quite well.

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