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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 12 2013: My poetry is the songs I write and construction projects. Creating something new from an emotion or need fills me with delight and can keep me high for several hours or days. There is rhyme and fluid motion to building stuff that people that do not build do not understand.

    Poetry is not just written or spoken words and that can be a fence or wall that prevents people from experiencing it. A poet can describe a forest or mountain beautifully but if it does not inspire you to visit a forest or mountain it is wasted.
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      Jun 12 2013: I appreciate your poetry. You are right, it doesn't have to be written words. I hope you have noticed I did not go by the formal meaning of poetry.
      As a civil engineer I can also appreciate your poetry in construction projects. Poetry, in a sense is a construction too.
      Thanks. :)

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