RAM KRISHNA SINGH

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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.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

HAIKU

Bathing in thousand
they float lamps on her breast--
the river sparkles


Alone
the cellphone on her bed
rings


A film of mist
between my eyes
and her image


Travelling back
from the waves of bliss
a foam-leap


Making holes
in the wooden cross
white ants


Standing
between flowers
Jesus on the cross


They walk on red coal
matching steps with drum beats:
carnival of ecstasy


Reflects the rainbow
in the mirror of water--
Yamuna Bridge


Awaits sunrise
in the chilly Ganges
a nude worshipper


Safe from sun
under nascent leaf
a small fish


Out of wood and stone
he carves his vision of peace:
night's secret visage


Unruffled
by passions and clamours:
Buddha's calm


Alone
on the National Highway
Hanuman


In a moment
trapping eternity:
the camera


Two peacocks
on a dancing spree:
see water


Painting mom's smile
with broken crayons--
smiling Winny


Suffer animals
with a peculiar smell:
men in white khadi


Without washing hands
he touches the hibiscus for worship:
her frowning glance


Krishna offering
parijata to Radha:
Narada looks on


The temple dome
in the flooded Ganga:
empty kalash


Sleeps the night with
desires wrapped in blanket--
spring in the eyes


No bottom reader
but the shape and lines do tell
she can stir the soul


Wet bodies
of bathing women:
full moon night


Measuring life with
ejaculatory rhythm--
envies sparrow sports


Shaking hands
couldn't part with the henna
on her palms


In the well
studying her image
a woman


Drunken with force
spreading the century's sore:
nine eleven


Post-lunch solitude
filled with thoughts that couldn't become
even a haiku











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