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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 18 2013: -

    The burdens of a mind unshy.
    Oh no recluse ever found that ivory tower.
    And many there were exhausting their books as they tried.
    Unduly in the hunt and the pry.
    That profligate stream of consciousness.
    Leaving the curious with but ever more to cry.

    - Usama Mustafa Kamil.

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