R.K.SINGH

Collects all of my published poetry books. Also provides an uptodate view of my poetry, especially haiku and tanka.

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Ram Krishna Singh is a university professor whose main fields of interest consist of Indian English writing, especially poetry, and English for Specific Purposes, especially for science and technology. He was born on 31 December 1950 in Varanasi, India. Apart from a BA earned in 1970, he gained his MA in English Literature from Banaras Hindu University in 1972 and Ph D from Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, in 1981. He also obtained a Diploma in Russian in 1972. Dr Singh started his career in journalism, as a Compilation Officer in the District Gazetteers Department, Lucknow, 1973, and a Journalist with the Press Trust of India, New Delhi, 1973-74. Changing to teaching he became a Lecturer at the Royal Bhutan Polytechnic, Deothang, Bhutan, 1974-76. Joining the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad as a Lecturer from 1976-83, he then rose to Assistant Professor in 1983 and full  Professor and Head of the Institute’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences since 1993 to 2011. He is now Professor of English (HAG).

A reviewer, critic and contemporary poet who writes in Indian English, Dr. Singh is the author of more than 160 research articles and 175 book reviews. He has published 39 books, including:  Savitri : A Spiritual Epic (Criticism, 1984); My Silence (poems, 1985); Sound and Silence (edited articles on Krishna Srinivas, 1986); Indian English Writing : 1981-1985 : Experiments with Expression (ed., 1987, rept. 1991); Using English in Science and Technology (textbook, 1988, rev. and rept, 2000); Recent Indian English Poets : Expressions and Beliefs (ed. 1992); Two Poets: R.K. Singh (I DO NOT QUESTION) Ujjal Singh Bahri (THE GRAMMAR OF MY LIFE) (poems, 1994); General English Practice (textbook, 1995); Anger in Action : Explorations of Anger in Indian Writing in English (ed.,1997); My Silence and Other Selected Poems : 1974-1994 (poems, 1996); Above the Earth’s Green (poems, 1997); Psychic Knot : Search for Tolerance in Indian English Fiction (ed., 1998); New Zealand Literature : Some Recent Trends (ed.,1998); Every Stone Drop Pebble (haiku, 1999); Multiple-Choice General English for UPSC Competitive Exams (textbook, 2001); Cover to Cover (poems, 2002). Pacem in Terris ( haiku, English and Italian, 2003), Communication : Grammar and Composition ( textbook, 2003), Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri : Essays on Love, Life and Death ( Critical articles, 2005), Teaching English for Specific Purposes : An Evolving Experience ( Research articles and review essays, 2005), Voices of the Present: Critical Essays on Some Indian English Poets (2006), The River Returns (tanka and haiku collection, 2006), English as a Second Language: Experience into Essays (ed. research articles, 2007), English Language Teaching: Some Aspects Recollected (ed. research articles, 2008), Sexless Solitude and Other Poems (2009), Mechanics of Research Writing (2010), Sense and Silence: Collected Poems (2010),  New and Selected Poems Tanka and Haiku (2012), and I Am No Jesus and Other Selected Poems, Tanka and Haiku (2014). His works have been anthologized in about 160 publications, while his editorial activities extend to include guest-editing of Language Forum, 1986, 1995, and Creative Forum, 1991, 1997, 1998, besides being co-editor of the latter publication from 1987-90, General Editor of Creative Forum New Poets Series, and service on the editorial boards of Canopy, Indian Book Chronicle, Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Reflections, Titiksha, International Journal of Translation, Poetcrit, Impressions of Eternity (ie), and SlugFest. He has evaluated about 50 PhD theses from various universities. He has also edited the ISM Newsletter for about five years.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Poetry for Peace: Ram Krishna Singh

Poetry for Peace: Ram Krishna Singh

PEACE MISSION

He is amazed to see
so much corruption
in the system
of world peace:

his colleagues envious
of his foreign jaunt
with the UN
and earnings

in dollars, rise so soon
in career and
have the best of
life and style

while I worry about
freedom in Congo
untamed humans
safe sojourn

© by Ram Krishna Singh

Sunday, August 09, 2015

YEARS END

So much reading
for six decades
now it's forgetting
before total silence
no revelation
only vacuity
and nothing comes
from blankness
to blankness years end

--Ram Krishna Singh

http://dystenium.com/profiles/blogs/years-end

Monday, July 27, 2015

IN MEMORY OF DR APJ ABDUL KALAM

It saddens me to learn about the passing of a dedicated, committed, selfless poet statesman, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. It was thrilling for me to meet him at Rashtrapati Bhawan along with another poet technocrat friend, Dr Y.s. Rajan , the then CII's Principal Advisor, on 17 May 2005. It was a most memorable moment of my life to have interacted with him for about an hour about my poetry. I felt honoured when Dr Kalam said that he had been reading my poems, haiku, tanka and book reviews published in POET (Chennai), and he gave me the first copy of his latest collection, THE LIFE TREE, which had just arrived from Penguin, for my reading and review. In his passing, the Indian English Poetry has lost a great friend and supporter, who encouraged 'new' voices everywhere. For admirers of the ex-poet President of India, it's now time for 'haiku silence', as his close associate, Dr Rajan would say.

--R.K.SINGH

Thursday, July 23, 2015

LOAD

Shifting years' load
away to the new building:
choking scholarship


-R.K.Singh

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

My Haiku published in The Mainichi

Haiku: July 8, 2015

hitching up the skirt
she fills her pockets with
unripe mangoes
--
R. K. Singh (Dhanbad, India)
Selected by Isamu Hashimoto

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/features/news/20150623p2g00m0fe073000c.html 

LIFE

LIFE



Life is become

a turbid test




the violet flames

burn my being




a cactus tale

midst sapping pleasures



--R.K.Singh

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NIRVANA

NIRVANA



shell-shocked or frozen

he stands in tears on hill top

craving nirvana




--R.K.Singh

Sunday, June 07, 2015

LEFT OVER

LEFT OVER



where will i reach

running with gluey feet

on gashed earth

a relentless sun licks

leftover of a dying day



--R.K.Singh

SIGN

SIGN



sound turns fainter

with graying geometry

a rusted sign




--R.K.Singh