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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: -
    In self-conscious fear
    Of a feared self-consciousness to be
    I died before I lived
    And I´m not done killing me

    - Usama Mustafa Kamil.
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      Jun 16 2013: Nice. Particularly the last two lines.
    • Jun 17 2013: I love this and feel as if I can relate
      • Jun 17 2013: Thank you :). I think many people can relate. The basic idea is a pondering upon the alternative roads of livelihood that have been extinguished by hesitating excessively. The funny thing is how we justify the decision to stall by being afraid of the consequences as they are seen from our current point of view - as if we really did have full control of our destinies and hadn't been the victims of the recurrent ambushment of serendipity.

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