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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 16 2013: She calls us undefined friends
    Because a label would undermine things
    The minute you tie strings you become
    Highly strung
    Trying to say the right things
    And what started off with drums often ends with violins
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      Jun 16 2013: But I stick out
      Like a misfit note
      In a quartet

      Drums or violins
      In the end
      She listens to only what she likes

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