THE HYPHENATED UNIVERSE
[ THE HYPHENATED UNIVERSE: AN INDO-ROMANIAN MULTI-TEXT ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY…… is in the making]
[Literaria Biographia of this Poem: I always believe that a poem cannot be separated from its creator. And it is created in moments of extreme passion. Language is a fiction. And behind every word that we write, there is a story. Which story gets into the pattern and how much, depends on that MAGICAL MOMENT called the CREATIVE MOMENT. Only a poet’s mind knows, what it will accept, and what will be sifted out. A written text is the firming of up a creative moment. That is all. If that moment had passed, the words, the text, every thing could have changed. On the farther end, the man who is reading is also subjected to the magic of the moment at which he is reading. At any other moment, he would not be reading the same text. This is my idea of BIOTEXT.
Now, I apply this idea to this poem. How it was created. From where the title came, what it suggests to me, atleast, and why it comes now.. I can supply all these answers. yet, much will remain unanswered, particularly the questions of your mind, because it is your mind.
Hyphenated Universe .. the very word comes from my discussion with another poet from Romania, who has a spiritual streak, and we have decided to bring out a multi-texted anthology of Indo-Romanian Poetry, which will be presented in English, Romanian, and Punjabi.
The second circumstances which becomes crucial to the creation of this poem is my meeting with poet Ramakanta Das, twice in the last fifteen days. I commented on his poetry from his book In Retrospect yesterday.Today, we were on messenger, when he said: ‘Why we did not meet earlier?’. To which, I replied, ‘We are heavenly bodies moving around in the cosmos’.
This is the literary biographia of this poem. No amount of literary sophisitication can detach this poem from that moment of creation in which these two events were working on my mind. yet, what meaning it carries for me, may be entirely different from what it means to an other consciousness. \
Texts has a tendency to grow. That is the life that we inject into it.
DR J.S. ANAND
THE HYPHENATED UNIVERSE
We are like heavenly bodies;
moving around at a safe distance
from each other;
held aloft by the law of gravity;
and held apart
to carve out a destiny
very much our own.
to get closer for a keener look
and then turn away
on our brilliant course;
is cast in a destiny
tailor made for it;
no two bodies
and die alike;
though the same life
yet how different is the course
that it moves through;
the shadows of his actions
reverberate in the void
and haunt him
wheresoever he might go.
dr j.s. anand
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