Interview: Vol. I, Issue 4 – Culture Special


Vol I, Issue 4: July – Sept. 2012

Prof. Lalitesh Mishra interviews A.K. Chaudhary

A.K.CHOUDHARY in an interview with Prof Lalitesh Mishra , H/D of English , B. N. Mandal University, Madhepura, Bihar .

ARBIND KUMAR CHOUDHARY, the prominent literary luminary , and the awarded editor has been glittering in the sky of creative horizon with his nine poetry collections in English entitled:

1. Eternal Voices (2007),

2. Universal Voices (2008) ,

3. My Songs (2008) ,

4. Melody (2009) ,

5. Nature Poems (2010),

6. Love Poems (2010),

7. Nature (2011) ,

8. Love (2011) and

9. The Poet (2011)  besides two refereed literary journals Kohinoor and Ayush to his credit.

Dr. Choudhary has been reviewed and interviewed across the globe. He is also the founding father of International Association of Poets, Essayists and Novelists at Begusarai, one of the founding members of World Literature Society, Tripura and member of a number of literary organizations and literary journals. He has earned name and fame as a poet and editor in a short span of time across the globe. To create literary sensation across the globe is the message of his creative world. His glittering biography is included in Cambridge Dictionary of English Writers (2009) , International Dictionary of English Writers, S. Korea( 2010), and World Poetry Almanac (2009) due to his great contributions to English literature. A critical anthology on his poetical works “Poetic Pigments of A. K. Choudhary” is already published in 2010 besides a number of research papers. He is now honored with –1.Life Time Achievement Award , 2010 by International Poets Academy , Chennai, 2. Mandakini Award, 2011 by International Poetry Society, Bareilly , and 3. Editor of the Best Literary Journal , 2011 by Teresinka Pereira, president of International Writers & Artists Association, USA.

Here is an excerpt of the interview of A.K. Choudhary with Prof Lalitesh Mishra :
Who are your favourite poets and why ?
The classical writers, Tagore, Aurobindo and medieval saint poets have remained my ideal because Indian cultural prosperity has been enriched and brought to light by them.

Do you sit and think through every word of every stanza or do you just write freely and allowing the words to follow?
Ideas is the natural flow that flashes all on a sudden across the mind . But its poetic form requires alternations, selections and modifications to suit its ultimate poetic purpose . I am choosy in words , stanzas and other forms that suit my poetic temperament most.

When you finish writing a book of poems , what happens next ?
The completion of one poetry book gives not only intense joy to the heart but also accelerates the intensity of its composition to its utmost degrees even amidst the humdrums of life.

Are you still ambushed by memories of your childhood ?
The childhood reminiscences are still alive in the imaginative fertile land of my mind that germinates in my creative works time and again

What is your biggest struggle with your writing ?
The educational anarchy, suitable publisher, proper critics and, above all, inspiring spirits are the biggest struggle with writing in India.

Do you write with a particular reader in mind?
If my poetry book fails to soothe my heart, I think it a failure in myself . So far the readers are considered, they are secondary , not primary for my creative soul.

What kind of poems do you write?
All kinds of poems – sensuous, imaginative, satiric, emotional, love and a number of others are germinated from my mind from time to time.

What is poetry’s place in the 21st century ? Where do you feel your poetry fits into this?
Very frankly I do admit that the novels of the novelists have superseded the poetic world in this century, still the situations are flourishable for the poets. I am confident that my poetry will go up even amidst the poetic nebulosities prevailing world wide in the womb of time.

Do you consider yourself successful ?
While I assess myself as a poet ,I find myself far behind from the race of a number of prominent poets. My heart gets consolation while I behold my peer groups far behind from my poetic records earned by me in a short span of time . However I leave the answer of this question upon the shoulder of the critics to judge in how water mark I am.
How do you see the role of the critics ?
The critics share our joys, not pangs. The critics are expected to play the role of the judges who should be away from their own literary tastes, temperaments and techniques.

What is the general message or concept in your poetry ?
It is not only the message of my poetry to show the mirror to the society but also to guide how to deal and handle with these things in a particular circumstances.

Where do you get your ideas for poems ?
My ideas comes from the objects of nature, social surroundings and day to day happenings of life.

Do you get inspiration from your readers ?
Yes, the readers positive response inspires all creative spirits including me.

Have you ever thought of writing your own biography ?
Biography has been generally considered a bundle of falsehood that hides a number of dark aspects of the concerned author. However, I will think of writing in the evening of my life.

What is next on your agenda as a writer ?
My tenth poetry book ‘Leader’ is under active preparation and hope to get it published by this year.

What is your innovative poetic technique for which you are known worldwide ? Give an example if any.
Innovation, and exploration are my poetic fort all through my poetic rosarium. The blending of the east and the west, the classical mythical messiahs, explored new and compound words, and, above all, the sequence of the ascending order of the alphabetical words in a quatrain are the innovative technique of which two examples are cited here for your convenience :

“ The enigma, facetiae and genre
Heal the infidel’s conjecture
That enrich the oeuvre
Of the father figure.”
(The Poet, P. 43, Stanza. 128)

The ascending order of the alphabetical words — e (enigma), f (facetiae), g (genre), h (heal), and I (infidel) is wreathed in a single quatrain in ‘The Poet”.
“ Love’s mace
Noyances the opulence
Of the perforce
For the quiescence.”
(Love, P.46, Stanza. 272)
The muser can also taste the composition of the ascending order of the alphabetical words — l (love), m (mace), n ( noyance), o (opulence) p (perforce) and q (quiescence) in this single quatrain.

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