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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 14 2013: If I say that this discussion is an hybrid colony of poets then am just voicing out a part of it...
    but musing over these lines...is self evident that these are expressions of beautiful minds and that is the heart of it...

    am a spoken word artist/poet and i just finished working on a piece which was born out of life little lessons...the piece tells a story of people who have helped - through doing little things - immensely on our path to success or achievements or attainment of great feats.

    Please kindly express your thought about this piece...thanks!


    Framed for fashion
    Formed for functions
    seldom fashionable
    sometimes uncomfortable

    especially when imposed feels like wearing another foot

    undervalued when priced less
    overvalued if described priceless
    some say you are old school
    for them, new is cool

    I guess that makes you classy
    like a colourful girly boat
    nicely keeping me afloat
    under the flood light... Looking sassy

    on that red carpet, this common bloke now roll with stars from Lagos
    hoping not to get Los(t) in Vegas
    “rocking” new Salvatore Feragamo tags
    While the Lifter of My Feat lay in rags
    At every ovation, standing beneath
    but together we toiled the earth

    * * * * * *

    you could go in TOMS, Dick n Harry
    but not a mile in my SHOES.
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      Jun 14 2013: You may be interested to know that my native place that is Bengal in India had a tradition of spoken poetry too but added with music. It used to be in the form of a duel between two artists engaged in extempore spoken verse fitted in impromptu music. This art was known as kobigaan (poet's music). Unfortunately it is lost now.
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        Jun 14 2013: Hi, kindly share your thoughts on the piece...thanks for that insight too

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