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'Poetry Splash! E-zine' Issue **014**
Date : 17 June 2000.
Arvind, Sangita, Pushkin Passey
1. Forms Of Poetry (Ghazal)
2. ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... (The Leader...by: Roger McGough)
3. Poetry In/From India (The National Anthem of India)
4. Your Requests! (Andrea's message for all those who love translations)
5. Let Us Connect With Poetry (The 5 Foundations of Poetry Strategy)
6. A Poem For You All -- From Me (A poem by Arvind Passey)
7. Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers (Poems...by: Ulhas & Jill)
A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR...
Many of you had chanced upon the Poetry Splash! site and decided to stay
on with us as subscribers of our e-zine. Thank you.
Some of our readers have great sites on either poetry or on some creative
form or the other, and we'd like to share their site URLs with you all.
The list that you see above is not exhaustive and some important URLs may
have been missed. Please let me know if I have missed any homepage address
that is connected to poetry.
--* Forms Of Poetry *--
A short, graceful lyric poem of love rendered by singers. Its roots
stretch to the amorous preludes to the QUASIDA (odes) of 7th C Arabia. Of
the two broad generic forms of ghazals, one is native to Hejaz, the other
to Iraq. But today, Urdu-knowing people of India and Pakistan have made
ghazals their own. Sentiments of love set to lilting music have proved a
heady attraction and professional ghazal singers usually sing to full
houses. Among great Ghazal singers must be counted the late Begum Akhtar
and Ghulam Hussain of Pakistan. There have been recent attempts to move
away from the traditional love-sick modes of Ghalib and others to more
socially relevant realistic themes by, among others the late Faiz Ahmed
Faiz of Pakistan. But the old magic of traditional Ghazal still sends
audiences into rapturous chants of "wah-wah!"
(from 'The Enquire Dictionary' compiled by T J S George.)
--* ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... *--
By: Roger McGough
I wanna be the leader
I wanna be the leader
Can I be the leader
Can I? I can?
Yippee, I'm the leader
I'm the leader
OK what shall we do?
--* Poetry In/From India *--
>>JANA GANA MANA<<
by Rabindranath Tagore translated from the Bengali by the poet
>>The National Anthem<<
Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he
Tava shubha name jage
Tava shubha asisa mage
Gahe tava jaya gatha
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he,
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!
Composed by Rabindranath Tagore, the song Jana Gana Mana was first sung on
December 27, 1911 at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress.
On January 24, 1950, the Constituent Assembly adopted the song as the
National Anthem of India.The complete song consists of five stanzas. The
first stanza comprises the full version of the National Anthem.
Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
His English rendering of this stanza is:
Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
dispenser of India's destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bangal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of
Jamuna and Ganges and is chanted
by the waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessing
and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
thou dispenser of India's destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee.
--* Your Requests! *--
(We got this message from Andrea informing us of his involvement with
translating poetry from India. We are passing on this information to our
readers. Please forward this e-zine to all your friends who have an
interest in translations.
Thank You, Andrea!)
my name is Andrea Sirotti and I am an Italian subscriber of your beautiful
I thought it may interest you to know that I have edited a bilingual
anthology of women poets writing in English which has just been published
Le Lettere, a Publishing House based in Florence.
You might like to see what it looks like at the publisher's website
www.lelettere.it : click on "novità" and then on the line with my name.
Here is the list of the poems that I translated:
The Dance of the Eunuchs, The Descendants, The Maggots, The Looking Glass,
The Stone Age.
EUNICE DE SOUZA
Autobiographical, Marriages Are Made, Advice to Women,
It's Time to Find a Place.
And she Wrote her Poems, I Give her the Rose, Biped, The Creature.
Daffodils, News of the World, Art of Pariahs.
I Would Like to be a Dot in a Painting by Miro, The Sari, Map of India,
Another Woman, Namesake, Adam's Daughter, Words Find Mouths.
A Different History, Muliebrity, Shérdi - Sugar Cane, White Asparagus,
An India of the Soul.
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
The Arranged Marriage, Family Photo in Black and White, I - Manju,
Villagers Visiting Jodhpur Enjoy Iced Sweets, Woman with Kite.
Letter to the Moor, E-Mail, Western-Trained Doctor in the Other World,
At the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music & Culture among
Youth, Gina Lollobrigida, Train Windows.
Antenna, Come Sunday, Versova Beach.
Blank Page, City Riddles, I Am Impressed, Maggot Mission, Sari.
MARY ANNE MOHANRAJ
In Spring, Puzzle from Hell, Listening to my Daughter, Textures.
Best Regards and congratulation for your laudable effort on behalf of
--* Let Us Connect With Poetry *--
<<>>THE 5 FOUNDATIONS OF POETRY STRATEGY<<>>
By: Arvind Passey
1. Poetry Is People.
If there were no people there would be no action, nothing happening. And
for how long can a poet go on and on with...
This side a wall
That side a wall
There is a hall
Get the point? A poet simply has to get up and go out to interact with
people. Only then can he dream of getting friendly advances from
abstractions. It is people who are at the heart of any sort of poem ever
2. Poetry Is Skill.
Time, money, energy...in fact, any resource that you can think of, will
become a part of the investment that a poet has to make to sharpen his
skill. Like in any business, capability builds confidence, which
translates into performance. To any poet that is what really matters!
3. Poetry Is Standards.
If you are able to recite a poem to yourself without being embarrassed or
confused about its intent, you've passed the first test of this standard
that I'm talking of. Thought articulation, sequence definition,
arrangement of words...these should be the DHARMA of any poet. When you
hear your own poem and smile indulgently at its competence, it is mission
accomplished! In business jargon, the job-specific deliverables have been
concieved and implemented successfully.
One bad poem...and you risk stopping the creative process for long
periods. So don't give yourself second chances. Get it right...hear it
right and remain in love with the creative process.
4. Poetry Is Sustaining.
A good poem is not a one-time thing. The 'people' within you would expect
it to sustain and improve over previous attempts. Poetry writing is a
24-hour business. Even when the lights are switched off, thoughts and
ideas may come tumbling in from all directions...so have the energy and
inclination to get up and get going at odd hours. This is just one of the
ways you'll be able to sustain the 'levels of poetic impulses' within you.
5. Poetry Is Smiling.
Your poem must tell its subject: I care! This care and sincerity in
attitude creates for your poetry what in business lingo is known as 'brand
equity'. This equity must reflect back in positive ways for you 'the
poet'...that way both you and your poetry will smile.
What I am talking of here is the responsiveness that your poetry
generates. if it touches the inner cords of people's hearts, it has
managed to carve the word 'care' everywhere and created a real brand power
for you 'the poet'.
--* A Poem For You All -- From Me *--
"LET NOT YOUR TONGUE CUT YOUR THROAT"
(Words quoted by Ruskin Bond in his book: The Lamp Is Lit.)
By: Arvind Passey.
Ruskin's granny had said these words
Years back when he was small
They strike me like some rushing herds
Of selling smells in some mall.
>From Robin Hood to Ramayan
Here and there, now and then
Once said, unwise words have one run
>From home to inn to den.
But that is not the only way
A throat is cut by tongue.
The queues for taste and spice each day
In excess has one hung!
Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers
(Ulhas and Jill have sent their poems for our readers. Ulhas has a unique
way of springing a surprise for you. Scroll down to savour Jill's lovely
use of metaphor.)
The day I died
skies were blue
clouds were few
I saw in your eyes
love for ever true
though I was untrue
That was the day
to be born anew
The heart of winter
glazes the lingering leaves
into petrified still life,
The world is waiting to exhale,
above a wistful vista
of white and brown and amber,
smearing the palette of the ground.
And not a sound.
Sharp spears concealed, wait
for battle to commence.
A touch from questing rays
signals the breaking of ranks,
and upward surge from decay into new day.
The corpses, neglected and forgotten lie
beneath the feet.
'Fresh life, new hope'
is the seasoned battle cry.
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