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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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    Jun 6 2013: I have a friend at school who, like myself, enjoys making electronic music, Nine Inch Nails style. Neither of us really "write songs" as our pastime (lyrics are hard), but we do enjoy making little 1 or 2 minute pieces of music that we share with each other. We try to hide little references to different things as well as challenge ourselves in musical theory (he is a music theory student, I'm just an enthusiast) so that we can get better and keep making music.

    Music is my poetry.

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