Tuesday, March 26, 2019

085. Today I Had A Strange Experience. Poem By P S Remesh Chandran


Today I Had A Strange Experience. Poem By P S Remesh Chandran
Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum

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First published: 2013

I regularly take part in discussions in a famous social site of experts and write in two special groups- Poetry and Literature, and Language, Literature & Criticism. A discussion on ‘Whether Poetry Has To Keep Form' became heated and I had to remain at the receiving end of severe but polished criticism for some of my views insisting on metrical form in poetry.

One criticism went: ‘No offense, but it is easy to make generalizations about things you have little or no hands-on experience with. Reading poetry is very different from writing it. How much poetry have you actually written (or tried to write)?’

Another criticism even went to asking me at last: ‘You do not seem to have understood the mechanics of poetry like many of us; have you ever read a poem or at least tried to write one?’

I decided to write my reply to these criticisms in the poetical form and invited other participant members also to reply in kind, i.e., by writing what they have to say not in prose but in poetry and continue the discussion. This poem was my first and original reply to them.

Once Malayalam poets wrote letters to each other in poetry and some even conversed in poetry.

In the Malayalam literature in my native land Kerala, there has been a long history and tradition of poets writing letters to each other in poetical form which though lessened the importance of prose for a time did indeed made poetry popular during that time, creating a rich branch of literature on its own. Many even conversed in poetry. Almost all Indian languages have this special branch of literature which became very interesting and rich through the years and is now a prominent feature of Indian literature. This trend gradually died out anyway.

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Today I Had A Strange Experience

P S Remesh Chandran

Today I had a strange experience,
Not in this group but in another group.

‘Poetry and Lit′rature' it is not,
In ‘Written or Revealed Poetry' thread.

Asked, have I written poems in my life?
I found it fit to answer it this way:

I'm writing this in reply to a miss,
I have never written poems in my life.

Have wondered where these poems all come from,
From human intellect or nature's store,

To be picked up at moments of revelation;
Or synthesized in rotten human brain!

I was inspired to write these wicked lines,
By those whose verses written were in sand.

Let us debate poetry in poems,
I hope she'll someday answer me in kind.

I ′am not doing anything again,
But asking questions all have answers for.

I have my answers, you can have yours,
This not an illiterate arena,

Where someone asks questions and another from,
Some academic circle answers them.

Some anxious are, to questions throw around,
Some eagerly waits there to answer them;

This not such school or college where one can,
En′tertain answers not from others too.

I know I'm Alexander Pope's close kin,
I stop here, to read Temple of Fame again.

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Link: https://sahyadribooks-remesh.blogspot.com/2019/03/085-today-i-had-strange-experience-poem.html 

About the Author P. S. Remesh Chandran: 

Editor of Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum. Author of several books in English and in Malayalam. And also author of Swan: The Intelligent Picture Book. Born and brought up in the beautiful village of Nanniyode in the Sahya Mountain Valley in Trivandrum, in Kerala. Father British Council trained English teacher and Mother University educated. Matriculation with distinction and Pre Degree Studies in Science with National Merit Scholarship. Discontinued Diploma studies in Electronics and entered politics. Unmarried and single. 

Author of several books in English and in Malayalam, mostly poetical collections, fiction, non fiction and political treatises, including Ulsava Lahari, Darsana Deepthi, Kaalam Jaalakavaathilil, Ilakozhiyum Kaadukalil Puzhayozhukunnu, Thirike Vilikkuka, Oru Thulli Velicham, Aaspathri Jalakam, Vaidooryam, Manal, Jalaja Padma Raaji, Maavoyeppoleyaakaan Entheluppam!, The Last Bird From The Golden Age Of Ghazals, Doctors Politicians Bureaucrats People And Private Practice, E-Health Implications And Medical Data Theft, Did A Data Mining Giant Take Over India?, Will Dog Lovers Kill The World?, Is There Patience And Room For One More Reactor?, and Swan, The Intelligent Picture Book. 

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Post: P. S. Remesh Chandran, Editor, Sahyadri Books, Trivandrum, Padmalayam, Nanniyode, Pacha Post, Trivandrum- 695562, Kerala State, South India.

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