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, November 28, 2006

THE PROMISED NEW AGE

The dawn is still asleep in the east

don’t dupe us we are marching

toward the promised new age

we don’t cross the summit in one go

the hollow bamboos and dry blades conspire

to drug us in our own name

the summer loo batters the parched land

the yellowed fields in May and June

will not green. It’s never vernal here

The palm-leaf fan can’t quench the flame

the vultures of pre-liberation decades

are picking potatoes from a rotten heap

the city is a cowered dog dazzling in neon

they fight against evils and rots

with the anarchy of flags and slogans

the flood in the Brahmaputra will turn men into fish

they are not aware though I dream of the vast

land of lotus shining with young morning sun

R.K.SINGH

(composed on 30 May 1980)

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4 Comments:

Blogger cafe_bean said...

beautiful poetry! I hope to read more soon! Read my new blog thecoffeelife.blogspot.com and find out what it is like living and commuting in a major British city! I hope you find it interesting and leave me some comments,

Rhys

8:22 AM  
Blogger R.K.SINGH said...

Hi, Rhys: I have been to the UK and visited a couple of friends as well. Your blog does reveal the kind of life and living there today. Enjoyed reading your entries this morning.
All the best
R K

10:16 PM  
Blogger Synn said...

Thank you for the email directing me to your page. Lovely poetry. Please feel free to visit my site at poets.com. Link to follow:
http://beta.poets.com/MyAccount/MyPoems/tabid/67/Default.aspx

7:48 AM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

Great poem! I especially like the line about the city cowering like a neon dog (one among many great images).

I will look for you tomorrow at Poetry Thursday.

11:00 PM  

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