Bijay Kant Dubey

Contemporary Indian English Poetry And The Poets

Most of the contemporary Indian English poets
Are the journal editors,
If are not, they will become so in near future,
The subscribers as readers and contributors,
Reviewers and critics
Will try to oblige them
By writing articles on their poetry
And as thus the editors too will write
On the reviewers’ poetry someday.

Some young men approach Jayanta Mahapatra
To be photographed with him
While going to meet him
Under the pretext of doing the research work
On his poetry,
May even ask him to comment on
Their trials in creative poetry
As for to show him
For future suggestions
Whereas some may approach him
As for to be with edited volumes
As for to come into the limelight.

What it is more interesting is this that the sly youngsters
As the farce and fraud intellectuals and intelligentsias,
The bourgeois
Under the editorship of small journals
Try to highlight themselves
Without caring for morality and ethics,
Principles and philosophy,
None but they themselves
Writing about their poetry,
Publicizing and taking to the pinnacles.

Even the university teachers, who are but men,
Are the same men,
Some luckily here, some there,
Try to appease them as for articles,
The paper-publications of their Ph.D students
So that they may be promoted to the rank of professor
Like to oil and cringe the editors
After getting the students registered
On the editors’ poetry.

Submitted: Friday, January 24, 2014
Edited: Saturday, January 25, 2014
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