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
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
Cloaked in chill gracious corona winked at earth:
1 The river flows through the woods grown in Banares in centuries down this terrace they say
In Her Presence
Dancing shades devour waking tensions for a moment closed eyes dissolve years of clog
To create is to die: die to love, to time to memory, to god to everything we know
Rising on her toes to reach the half-eaten guava on the tree
Autumn In The Rain
The faces appearing and receding in dark of closed eyes
It is merely the color they replace not the content, and make distance with rickety slogans engulf the waves that trap tears before dreams revolt
Shiva's Third Eye
gods sin against God betray creation break covenant
Water Turns Whiter
They take off again their unthrown nets frighten fish water turns whiter
On Her Birth Day
I want the best of life for you but you too must understand
Before the bananas ripe let's meet at least once lest the fog dampen passion
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? '