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
She hears the voice
of unrealised bliss in
the coos of koel
at the window sill this evening
rains love and delight
His message to meet
at moonrise among flowers