One of my Ismaelillo series poems –“erasures“– is up at The Honest Ulsterman today (February 28). Created by the late poet James Simmons in 1968, The HU is one of the long-running & “most widely read little magazines of its type in Ireland and probably in the English speaking world.” I’m truly honoured & humbled to have been entrusted with the opportunity to contribute to such an esteemed literary journal with a long trajectory! My heartfelt thanks to The HU & its editors!
“erasures“– another persona poem– is a part of a work I’m recently developing that alludes to & plays on José Martí‘s first collection of poetry Ismaelillo (1882). Written in exile (Caracas & New York) & dedicated to his absent three-year-old son José Francisco Martí Zayas Bazán, Ismaelillo can be considered as a figure of longing for absence that brilliantly exemplifies the osmosis of the personal and the political. In my donning of the mask of José Martí, Ismaelillo is not a little boy seen as a knight whose role is to serve as a solace to the personal & political nightmares that “daunt” his father (“espantado de todo”), rather in the light of History (of Havana), he has to become a jazz musician!
Here’s the link to the poem: erasures
Stoked to be included in the inaugural issue of January Review Journal (January 30, 2019). My sincere thanks to poet & editor Simon Anton Diego Baena for giving two of my poems such a fine home! “Ismaelillo what is blue to such ephemera” & “what survives”, these (persona) poems are part of a work I’m developing that alludes to & plays on Jose Marti’s first collection of poems Ismaelillo (1882). Written in exile Ismaelillo was dedicated to his then three-year old son.
Read these 2 poems: here
Thanks everyone & enjoy the issue!
A new poem “lament for autumn” is up at Duane’s PoeTree (December 2, 2018). I wrote this poem in memory of Jay Zimmerman, a poet & artist friend of mine who died of cancer a few months back. Duane Voehees is an exemplary editor who never ceases to surprise me. This time he not only published my poem, but searched for Jay’s work and published his painting & poem to accompany my work. I can’t thank him enough for appreciating this special poem. After writing this poem I found out that Felino A. Soriano, another amazing poet lost his battle against cancer. I am also remembering him with this poem.
Click here to read : lament for autumn
(for Antony Owen) bones roll emptily in failed bodies the puddle of skies so brilliant likeness of mouths fractured into the musk of food each air strike spangles eyes in every crevice millions across someone’s piano millions across your poem millions across my untitled sketches of babies so brilliant to scavenge their own deaths
— Read on iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/to-see-past-the-belly-or-yemen-by-debasis-mukhopadhyay/
to see past the belly or Yemen
Thanks Reuben Woolley for featuring this poem today on I am not silent poet (October 26, 2018).
Today I woke up to a nice surprise: I appear as a featured poet on G Jamie Dedes’ site The Poet by Day, an amazing information hub for poets & writers. It was not enough for her to feature just three of my poems! She almost staged my whole WordPress site, showcasing my bio, photo, academic work reference & my chapbook & other poems’ links! Bloody! Who does that? She has been extremely supportive of my work all through, I can’t thank her enough. But this ain’t no surprise, those who know Jamie know she’s doing a great job not only for the literary community but for social justice, sustainability and peace! Cheers Jamie!
Here’s the link : Three
Delighted to have a poem up today at The Poet By Day (July 24, 2018). My sincere thanks to G Jamie Dedes for featuring “butcher them carefully“! I am grateful to her for always supporting my work.
Click here to read butcher them carefully
Photo : John Moore
Delighted to have a poem included in the new release from Better Than Starbucks (May 2018 Vol. III No. V; print & online)! Many thanks to the editors for featuring “to be is to bleed away“. Another poem that takes root in Cuba and draws crosses under the moving shadows of José Marti & Ismaelillo.
Check out the 98 page perfect bound print version here
Click here to read : to be is to bleed away
Illustration: Ernesto García Peña