Biography of R.K. Singh
Brought up and educated in Varanasi, India I am a university professor teaching English language skills to students of earth and mineral sciences. I have authored over 160 research articles and 170 book reviews in journals in all over the world.
I have been writing poems in English for over three decades now and am widely anthologised and published in various journals and ezines.
A book on my poetry, NEW INDIAN ENGLISH POETRY: AN ALTERNATIVE VOICE: R.K.SINGH (ed: I.K.Sharma) appeared in 2004.
My latest book, VOICES OF THE PRESENT (2006) is a collection of critical essays on some Indian English poets, while THE RIVER RETURNS (2006) is a collection of my tanka and haiku. SEXLESS SOLITUDE AND OTHER POEMS(2009) is my newest poetry collection.
I am married and have two children, one son and one daughter.
I am at present Professor & Head, Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad-826004 India
R.K. Singh's Works:
Have published 37 books, including Savitri: A Spiritual Epic (1984) , Sound and Silence (1986) , Indian English Writing: 1981-1985: Experiments with Expression (1987, rept 1991) , Using English in Science and Technology (1988, rept 2000) , Recent Indian English Poets: Expressions and Beliefs (1992) , Anger in Action: Explorations of Anger in Indian Writing in English (1997) , My Silence and Other Selected Poems: 1974-1994 (1996) , Above the Earth's Green (1997) , Psychic Knot: Search for Tolerance in Indian English Fiction (1998) , New Zealand Literature: Some Recent Trends (1998) , Every Stone Drop Pebble (jointly with Catherine Mair and Patricia Prime,1999) , Cover to Cover (jointly with U.S. Bahri,2002) , Pacem in Terris (jointly with Myriam Pierri and Giovanni Campisi,2003) , Communication in English: Grammar and Composition (2004) , Sri Aurobindo's Savitri: Essays in Love, Life and Death (2005) , Teaching English for Specific Purposes: An Evolving Experience (2005) , The River Returns (2006) , Voices of the Present: Critical Essays on Some Indian English Poets (2006) , English as a Second Language: Experience into Essays (2007) , English Language Teaching: Some Aspects Recollected (2008) , Sexless Solitude and Other Poems (2009) , and New and Selected Poems Tanka and Haiku (2012) .
R.K. Singh Poems
1 The river flows through the woods grown in Banares in centuries down this terrace they say
Snakes: A Haiku Sequence
Sunny morning: a snake slides through the fence
Naked children crowd as I pass through the alleys between smelly slums: dogs bark to alert them to
Autumn In The Rain
The faces appearing and receding in dark of closed eyes
Cloaked in chill gracious corona winked at earth:
Frazzled at the day's end when I smell her flesh she curses my knots
Above The Earth's Green
He is a solo drum trying to get his rhythm against the sputtering rains
Desert storm by night turns lusty: close combats
Vision to understand the final whole of un- discovered specifics before
From The Window
Tall houses appear to grow like trees from the plane slowly rising high
I can't understand their mystic heaven or thrills housed in awareness
After hurried lovemaking we drift to sleep: our back to each other
Sitting with its tail
midnight darkness wrapped in loneliness dreamy escape
Won'T You Once Kiss?
I leave my memories
in prayerful trance
float above my body
till rapping her fingers
at my soul she breaks
the silence: 'I've come
with my dreams promised
years ago. Won't you
once kiss and melt in me? '