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'Poetry Splash! E-zine'          Issue **020**
Date : 11 November 2000.

Arvind, Sangita, Pushkin Passey

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1. Forms Of Poetry (Jill & Ulhas on DISCIPLINE vs FREEDOM in
2. ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem...(Back Up. By: David Mulholland)
3. Poetry In/From India (Stairs. By: R Parthasarthy)
4. Review! ('Hugging the Coast and more' by David Mulholland reviewed)
5. Let Us Connect With Poetry (Man, Woman, and Poetry!)
6. A Poem For You All -- From Me (Things That Interest Me. By:Arvind
7. Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers (Poetry from Jessica
Mulcahy, Nimesh Ved, Katrina Weston, and Ulhas Deshpande.)

A Note From The Editor:


Here are some more poetry URLs for you all. Everytime I get a mail
informing me of a poetry site, I get excited. Some of the sites that I
visited are wonderful...sometimes for their content and sometimes for the
presentation of their content. Truth is, there is poetry in both! So,
browse and let me have your opinion:

Poemless (
sitename: Poemless Poet's Lair
description: Bare your soul if you dare...
Come dwell in my lair....

x (
sitename: ...the end....
description: ....the end.....the beginning.....and the being....

pradeep n mané (
sitename: shepherding the random
description: serrated poems, sometimes soft

Serpents_Tail (
sitename: a . w i s h . f o r . w i n g s . t h a t . w o r k
description: a . w i s h . f o r . w i n g s . t h a t . w o r k is the
story of an angel fallen; the divine in mortal seeming; the story of me.

durlabh (
sitename: realart gallery
description: Art & verse gallery

Bernard Shaw (
sitename: Naive Rhyming Poetry

Alice (
sitename: vers libre [free verse]
description: A searchable archive of classic poetry, from Shakespeare to
Surrealists. Also offers a random verse generator, poem reviews, top 20
poems and a rating system.

Chih (
sitename: Chih.2000 > the Poet's Haven
description: my haven on the net filled with poetry, with links to other
poetry sites, mainly Malaysian.

Alexandra Ekkelenkamp (
sitename: The Fae Whirl
description: The Fae Whirl is an online collection of poetry. We offer
poetry of high quality standards. Featured poets are the webmistress, well
known poets and lesser known poets. TFW is based on love for the written
word and for creativity.

Jag Nadh Shastry (
sitename: Kavitanjali
description: Kavitå is the Sanskrit word for 'Poetry' and Anjali means
'Offering'. Kavitånjali contains choice offerings from talented poets, who
are willing to share their poetic gift.

Until the next issue...bye!
Arvind Passey.
PS: In place of 'Your Requests!' we have included 'Review' in this issue.
We shall be reviewing poetry volumes, sites, CDs on poetry, or anything
else that is connected to poetry. You can send your publication to us for
a review. The review would also be featured on the 'Poetry Splash!'
website as a new link.

           --* Forms Of Poetry *--

<<DISCIPLINE vs FREEDOM in Poetry-writing>>

Note: We got some rather stimulating comments on whether verse-forms help
in giving form to emotions or simply deform. Do read the poem that Ulhas
has sent and which is published in this issue after you read his comments.
Jill has her own opinion to share and even invites comments from other
readers on the net.
We would love to have this debate go a bit further.

"All poets should  at least once take a look through a telescope and see
the wonders of the Planets and Stars and other myriad wonders of the
heavens. As appreciators and recorders of beauty in all her forms, poets
need to gaze upon these marvels and be thrilled.
I have enjoyed reading the poems published in the issues of PS. (Thanks,
Ulhas) I have also read the introductions to various forms of poetry.
Although this is useful background, I feel that trying to write a Haiku or
even a sonnet restricts the flight of words which should be free and with
no constraints. Let the words find their own rhythm, the words and the
mood dictate the form the poem will wear. Trying to force words to fit in
a straightjacket of specified rules of metre and syllables would twist
them out of their natural rhythm. Some of you may not agree with this but
that is how my poems are born. All I try is to read what I have written
and ensure a free and smooth flow."

Ulhas Deshpande<>
jilshil457 <>

"I don't understand - you have said that Haiku are 3 line poems of 3/7/5
syllables - but your example "I clap my hands...." is four lines and
syllables and Debi Bender's examples are multifarious.  Delightful as they
are, surely they are not Haiku? I like the discipline of the rules of
poetry and find that it makes me concentrate my mind wonderfully - the
creation of a poem then becomes both an intellectual and emotional
experience. I worry that many people are drawn to poetry because they
think that 'anything goes' and,
although this can produce some amazing results in very talented people,
often you find yourself reading rambling prose divided up onto separate
masquerading as poetry.  What do other readers/writers think?"

 --* ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... *--

<<Back Up>>
By: David W. Mulholland
(Note: We have reviewed David's poetry volume in this issue. This poem too
is from the same volume: 'Hugging the Coast & more'.)

If I back up a moment now,
My back up can be used
To get me right back up somehow --
Yet, I am still confused.

Computer-trained, I want to make
A forward move assured,
That I with giant steps could break
Old limits I've endured.

There's no more need to pen a word --
May all such ink run dry!
To need lined paper, that's absurd,
Old doubters get passed by.

Computer-bound I now have learned:
New parts I yearn to get!
I could spend all before it's earned,
And be backed up with debt.

         --* Poetry In/From India *--

By: R Parthasarthy

A year ago I held
these rails, your arms,
and climbed the stairs (all
marble to my palms)

of your flesh and bone
towards some dark sphere.
It wasn't the first time
I'd been a tenant there.

Other stairs and rails
have guided me,
always with the chill promise
of a home. Only

the heart isn't hospitable anywhere.

            --* Review! *--

<<Hugging the Coast & more>>
A poetry volume by David W. Mulholland.
Publisher: Poetry Works. Putney, VT.
ISBN: 1-929254-00-8

***Poetry Knows Which Way To Sail!***
Reviewed by: Arvind Passey.

If seeing a 'sunrise with my ears', hearing 'the sunrise with my skin',
touching 'the sunrise with my tongue', tasting it in the smell, or
smelling 'the sunrise with my eyes' isn't enough to make one fall in love
with the poetry in this volume, then -- well, there are 73 more poems
gyrating with the seductive wisdom of careful words that David seems to
pen effortlessly.

'Hugging the Coast & more' has poetry under very marine sub-headings:
Estuary, Sea Swell, Hugging the Coast, Slipped Anchorage, Out of Season,
Reservoir, Toward Harbour. Quite in line, David writes in his
introduction: " metaphor depicts human effort to maintain a steady
course lateral to land, straightly along the curved, changing line of the
sea. As we come & go from the shore, we still sail relative to some
coastline, reconnoitering our distance to or from it."
Very earthy, very existential, and very romantic!

The book moves from one delicious spray to another. From poem titles like
'War and Piece' to lines that can alert the bureaucracy:
'Commonwealth, the title so old,
Its idea no longer bold --...'
Though not very often, David does tend to caress romantic mysticism as in
this poem:
'At sea
I think of you
Who makes the coming home
Worth all the risk I take to yearn
At sea.'
Best of all, readers are definitely not at sea reading David's
'kavitanjali' (a hindi word that means: offering of poetry at the muses'

Note: It is interesting to read that Poetry Works, the publishers of this
volume, are sponsors of Landmark College in Putney, VT, "which is the only
fully accredited college in the USA designed exclusively for students of
average to superior intellectual potential with dyslexic attention-deficit
disorder, or specific learning disabilities".

      --* Let Us Connect With Poetry *--

An article on the art of poetry-writing by Arvind Passey.

I came across a few quotations attempting to explain the mystery that
woman is and some trying to delve deeper into the man-woman relationship.
To my surprise I found they held in them some pertinent lessons for us
poets. Poetry figures out mysteries rather fast, women love figures and
man simply broods and remarks: That figures! I figure you've figured what
we're getting into.

Quote #1
"Even when a man understands a woman, he can't believe it".
Many poets who claim to understand poetry surprise themselves. That is
because everytime they read a poem they understand it differently. There
are nuances they had missed earlier, an emotional hue depending so much on
the time and place chosen to read a particular line...and so on. It isn't
so much the limitations of a poet's capacity to interpret but the
unfathomable depth of words that have taken the form of a like a
The lesson in this for a poet is that if on repeated readings of his own
poem he fails to interpret it differently, the poem needs a fresh start.
The poem has obviously been unable to inspire a deeper probe -- and whats
a poem without that! Or a woman, so to say!...
Note: As the complete article would make the e-zine too uncomfortably
lengthy to be shuttled as an e-mail, I've uploaded the article on the
'Poetry Splash' website ( ) on the link
leading to articles from the e-zine (at articles.htm).
Please click the above link to reach out to a complete reading of the

    --* A Poem For You All -- From Me *--

By: Arvind Passey.

I like a brush with colours
dripping, to create hues, new views,
tones, shades of landscapes in grey sinews.

I like my roller-ball skating merrily
on the white surfaces created by fallen trees,
inking pulpable lectures on ethical freeze.

I like to free plants from nursery slavery
and bring them closer to a life
on a third-floor balcony (and water strife!)

I like browsing, buying
then sliding books on shelves at home
to be read when theres time for tomes.

I like the net and all it gets --
from nothingness it builds a hope
so people walk and not just grope.

I like to talk, tell and sell
not just for money but for joy --
business is art's strategic play!

Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers

By: Nimesh(
I used to hold her hand in mine to affirm my full faith in her,
I used to roll my hand over her head to take away all her worries,
I used to kiss her forehead to make her feel safe and protected.
I used to cuddle her in my arms to love her.
The look she gave me the last time we met, changed everything for me,
That day her eyes spoke a language alien to me and it killed me from
The very thought that neither did she like me nor did she convey the same
to me
Made me aware of the biggest failure of my life, and I still cannot help
asking myself
Had I been so selfish in my approach towards her to merit so
Or was my 'thinking' of which I was very proud, the main culprit.
I cannot accept the fact of her not being mine, and even today,
Lying down - head in her lap - epitomizes inner peace for me.


<Listening to Ella>
By: Ulhas Deshpande<>

It has been hot and sultry for days on end
Now it has at last started to rain
The pitter patter of the rain on my window
Has moved me to switch on my old music system and listen
To some cool music and be in tune with the rain.

So I search through my small collection
And chance upon a rendering by 'Ella'

With Ella singing and Old Satchmo on the horn
With Duke on the keys,
I am transported to those good old days
When melody was the king

With Ella I go to Paris in all seasons
And renew my memories,
Fall for the smile which was not yours,
But still so lovely.


<A Relationship>
By:Katrina Weston (
12/22 Empire Street, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  3011

I believe it consists of different things
Of all things there is one vital element
Which has got to be friendship
I believe the friendship is the seed
>From which two people will grow
This is where nature takes its course
Are you meant to be? This is where you'll know
A relationship is about feelings
How you feel for someone
You get that little tingle when
Everything is full of fun
A relationship is about openess
Basically about everything that goes
Yes, sometimes it may get hard
But if you don't speak up, who'll know?
I guess openess is associated with trust
Trust in the other person with your
Thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams
Trust is definately a must
In a relationship, love will grow
It will change over time
If you haven't loved before
Once you do, you'll know
In a relationship there's got to be faithfullness
I guess this also ties into trust
If you love and respect the person you do
Infidelity would not cross your mind
Honesty will make the relationship strong
It will build the openess, trust and love
Don't be afraid of who you are inside
Share the things you have already done
Nevertheless, all the above is unconditional
It should not be done as a chore
It should be exciting, fun and challenging
There is always room for more
A relationship is a life treasure
If you are serious about one
the feelings and commitment have no measure
Be yourself, have some fun
Sure things may get tough but
That's why you have one another.


By: Jessica Mulcahy (

The dying sun
takes its last breath
and as it falls beneath the waves of hills
it casts its final rays of light
over the rocky slopes
of ancient mountains.

Night rolls over the valleys
that carve deep into the highlands
silhouettes of trees
stand as sentries
to guard the shadowed land
from the golden rays of day
behold, I am the gift of darkness

shadows recede
the trees are liberated
 from their night vigil of the land
craggy slopes are illuminated
under the glow of day
the land is awoken

rocks are warmed
as the sun climbs ever higher
life is given life once more
the night, so long ago
is an obsolete memory
 the world is captured
under the spell of day
behold, I am the gift of light.

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