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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 22 2013: Poetry, like fiction and the other arts, is a cooperative creative venture: the poet weaves his/her magic carpet of words, and the reader creatively transforms this pattern into new feelings, thoughts, emotions, ideas ... The great poets are the ones who are able to evoke such creative participation by the reader. And the reader must be prepared and willing to enter into the poem, not to divine the poet's meaning, but to create the poem's meaning to oneself. Without a creative reader the poem is only half created.

    Many of my favorite great poems are at my web site: www.outstandingpoems.com

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