Poetry is product of an exquisite sensibility, the ability to respond to
complex emotional or aesthetic influences. Is there a sensibility unique to a
country or its people, directly flowing from their cultural conscious? Apart
from the poet’s own sensitivity to the influences around him, the sensibility
relates to the people who form his milieu. An Indian poet writing in English
will draw from his own cultural conscious and incorporate in his vision complex
aesthetic influences working on him to produce poetry that relates to his
people. Such work will still have some appeal to a global audience because the
English that results is a unique creation of Western expression with Indian
flavor. The myths that form the stuff of poetry may have been born in the
Indian soil but its memes, defined as units of cultural expression, will always
have something in them to appeal to a much wider audience.
We do not have daffodils in India for a
Bloomsbury poet to write poems about. But we have our own unique sensory
influences to work upon. But essentially poetry remains a universal experience
that is enjoyed by audiences anywhere in the world.
The 175 -odd poems in this collection are rooted
in Indian sensibility. The imagery used in them are reflective of the language
patterns employed by the people of this country. Their recurring myths are
familiar to an average Indian and do not warrant scholastic efforts to relate
them to their context.
A.J.Rao (Adukuri Jagannath Rao) is a retired bank official who lives in
Hyderabad. Poetry and photography are his chief interests and he blogs on the
subjects extensively. His web presence is quite large .He writes an off-on
poetry commentary blog dealing with the visual aspects of poetry. He writes a
poetry blog post- "A Poem A Day"- at the crack of dawn every day.