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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 26 2013: If poetry rhymes it is compromised.
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      May 27 2013: Not true.
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      May 28 2013: But Tim Tinklenutz
      Your poesie platz
      Sometimes is too boring without rhyme

      Words are bells
      To poetic nobles
      They can make them meaningfully chime
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      May 28 2013: I had to laugh with this, for really can you put rules to the language of the soul?
      • May 31 2013: Not really really, but we can pretend that there are rules, just so we can break them.

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