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My new book of poems, SENSE AND SILENCE: COLLECTED POEMS,( ISBN 978-81-910588-2-6), is now printed and it is available from:

Yking Books
18 Jain Bhavan
Opp. NBC, Shanti Nagar
Jaipur 302006

It is a library edition priced at Rs. 995/-, but it is available to Indian readers, students, researchers, and teachers at 40% discount and free postage. Others may like to contact the publisher for special discount by email: ykingbooks@gmail.com

May I also reproduce the 'Preface' and 'Contents' page for their reading:

Prefatory Note

Sense and Silence: Collected Poems: 1974-2009 brings together for the first time all my published collections of poems, including several new ones and/or not yet published old ones. The inclusive dates, 1974-2009, correspond to the dates of composition or first publication of the earliest and latest poems (even if a few poems might have been composed in their revised or pre-revised form as early as 1971). In effect, the poems in this collection, though not chronologically arranged, cover a span of over thirty-five years, reshuffling the past and providing a composite view of my creativity.

Apparently without a pattern, artificially arranged, and untitled, each poem is an experience independent of the rest, and complete in itself, though continuous in spirit. Short or shorter snapshots of daily life, at times unusual but not without depth, each poem reveals the growth of my mind and style. It should also be possible to read each of the sections, viz., My Silence, Music Must Sound, Memories Unmemoried, Flight of Phoenix, I Do Not Question, The Face in All Seasons, and Sexless Solitude as a long poem, though the reader is free to re-create the material according to his/her own taste and sensibility.

Some poems, including haiku and tanka, have been dropped or shifted from one section to another to avoid repetition of their appearance. In the experimental haiku and tanka sequences, however, a couple of haiku and tanka poem might have reappeared.

I continue to believe in giving no titles to my poems (titles tell too much, as Lyle Glazier once observed), and, in fact, I am yet to compose a poem with a title integral to it, even if in some of my earlier publications, especially Memories Unmemoried, ‘I Do Not Question’ in Two Poets, ‘Some Recent Poems’ in My Silence and Other Selected Poems, and Sexless Solitude and Other Poems, I did suspend some poems by their titles like pictures on the wall. I have now preferred to restore my original design and identify all the poems in each section by numbers. This should not, however, interfere with the readers’ freedom of imagination.

Finally, I am indebted to Shri S.K. Jain for reposing his faith in me and readily agreeing to publish my Collected Poems to benefit researchers and interested students of contemporary Indian English Poetry both at home and abroad.

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CONTENTS





Prefatory Note

ix
1.

My Silence

1
2.

Music Must Sound

25
3.

Memories Unmemoried

52
4.

Flight of Phoenix

64
5.

I Do Not Question

82
6.

Above The Earth’s Green

101
7.

The Face in All Seasons

131
8.

Sexless Solitude

152
9.

The River Returns: Tanka

198
10.

Every Stone Drop Pebble

227
11.

Peddling Dream: Haiku

234
12.

The River Returns: Haiku

256
13.

Some More Haiku

290
14.

Some Haiku Sequences

305
15.

Some Tanka Sequences

320


Acknowledgements

329


Published Prefatory Notes/Forewords/


Front-Notes/Some Comments

334



I look to readers of lit.org, friends, and scholars interested in current poetry from India for their support.

--R.K.Singh



------
R K Singh


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