K. V. Dominic Essential Readings gathers for the first time the three most important works of poetry from this shining new light of contemporary Indian verse in English: Winged Reason, Write Son, Write and Multicultural Symphony. A fourth collection of 22 previously unpublished poems round out a complete look at the first 12 years of Dominic's prolific and profound verse. Each poem includes unique Study Guide questions suitable for South Asian studies curricula.
Written in free verse, each of his poems makes the reader contemplate on intellectual, philosophical, spiritual, political, and social issues of the present world. Themes range from multiculturalism, environmental issues, social mafia, caste-ism, exploitation of women and children, poverty, and corruption to purely introspective matters. From the observation of neighborhood life to international events, and everyday forgotten tragedies of India, nothing escapes the grasp of Dominic's keen sense of the fragility of life and morality in the modern world.
Praise for the verse of K. V. Dominic
"K. V. Dominic is one of the most vibrant Indian English poets whose intense passion for the burning social and national ailments makes him a disciple of Ezekielean School of poetry. His poetic passion for the natural beauty keeps him besides the Romanticists."
-- Dr. A. K. Choudhary, English poet, critic and editor, Professor of English, Assam, India
"K. V. Dominic's poems are important additions to the growing global movement to bring about positive change and equality for all individuals. The injustices he confronts in his poems are the arrows and thorns that pierce his heart every day and the gushing blood that runs through his pen to paper."
-- Rob Harle, poet and critic, Nimbin, Australia
"K. V. Dominic is a poet of the suffering masses and oppressed sections of the society. He tries to dissect corruption at all levels, political or religious, social or academic and presents it in its true colours with all the ugliness and monstrous greed."
--Prof. T. V. Reddy, reputed English poet, writer and critic, Emeritus Professor of English from Andhra Pradesh, India
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About the Author
Prof. Dominic is the Secretary of Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors, and Critics (GIEWEC), a registered non-profit having more than two hundred members mainly consisting of university/college professors, research scholars, and professional English writers. Prof. Dominic has conducted several national seminars and workshops all over India. He is a SAARC writer and participant of SAARC literary festivals. He is the editor and publisher of the international refereed biannual journal International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML) and Editor-in-Chief of the Guild's international refereed biannual journal Writers Editors Critics (WEC). Both the journals are abstracted and indexed by Literary Reference Centre Plus, EBSCO Host, USA for Worldwide reference. He is also the publisher of the international refereed annual on fiction New Fiction Journal (NFJ).
Dr. Dominic has been interviewed by the reputed Italian Professor, Prof. Elisabetta Marino, and it appeared in the renowned Italian journal MOSAICO in Italy and Brazil as well as its English translation in the international refereed quarterly journal Labyrinth from Gwalior. He is in the Advisory and Editorial Boards of several leading journals in India. The International Poets Academy, Chennai, conferred on him its highest award-Lifetime Achievement Award-in 2009. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
His website www.profkvdominic.com, or blog www.profkvdominic.blogspot.in.
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In Memoriam George Joson
(elegy written on a colleague who died in a car accident on 14. 05. 2004)
Why did you leave us so soon, dear Joson?
What is the attitude of the poet to Death?
Who is the great poet meant in the lines: "We are all puppets in His hands, / dancing to His various tunes"?
Long Live E. K. Nayanar
(elegy written on E. K. Nayanar who passed away on 15. 05. 2004)
"Long live E. K. Nayanar!"
What are the qualities that made Chief Minister E. K. Nayanar favourite of the people?
A Blissful Voyage
Let my mind soar high on the wings of the Muses and visit the places inaccessible.
Had I the wings of a mallard I could fly to the States,
I wish I had the claws of a vulture to fetch the skeletons from Iraq and build a bone-palace to imprison Bush in it.
If I could fly like an angel,
I wish I were a bullet and shoot into the chest of that terrorist who compels that teen age boy to explode and kill that innocent mob.
What are the imageries used in the poem?
What is poet's reaction to terrorism?
I had a nightmare the overnight;
I could view the cry of an obese boy whose mother was beating him to eat more.
A lavish wedding feast was served in the town hall,
My wings took me to a public school;
What's that long queue I find before that shop?
Then I found a public water tap that made the road a black river.
See, what a mansion that double-storied edifice!
Not far away were the slums of the city;
Tears streamed down my cheeks I could see nothing more;
Which are the antitheses used in this poem?
A Sheep's Wail
Hark, you Man to my wail,
You are possessed with some special powers that we do not have.
With your brain and with your tongue you conquered us.
superior you boast,
The fur God gave me,
The milk for my lamb you suck and drain and grow fat and cruel.
I have seen with my eyes and heard with my ears the last cries of my parents.
When they became old you cut their heads and ate their flesh.
Man, you are the cruellest,
Yet you find justification and bring false philosophies to make you His choicest.
Nothing can be more absurd!
If a heaven is there we will reach there first and pray to God to shut you out.
Why is Man called the cruellest and ungrateful of God's creations?
Why does the sheep think that if a heaven is there it will reach there first?
Anand's eyes were immersed on the pupils in tempting uniforms;
What is Anand's fate?
Why do you murmur lass looking at the mirror?
What message does the poet convey through the poem?
What is the title of D. H. Lawrence's poem on snakes?
Proton, electron; positive, negative;
Divine sex, divine organs;
The dancing of the plant;
Why does the poet level connubial bliss to heavenly happiness?
What is the difference between cuckoo's life and man's life?
What is the figure of speech used in the phrase "Cuckoos' song echo"?
Gayatri aged eighty two,
What is the theme of the poem?
What is the reason for Gayatri's solitude?
How dreadful the life in Tsunami camps!
What is meant by the phrase "A furnace inside, a furnace outside"?
What are the complaints of the Tsunami victims in the camps?
That photograph in the newspaper flashes to my mind very often;
Those nimble, soft feet,
Their teachers taught them the great lessons:
What are the great lessons that the teachers taught their pupils?
Why is the pupils' harvest feast tastier than all other feasts?
Haves and Have-nots
Haves and Have-nots:
Abundant Nature feeds plants and animals.
Man is a wonderful work;
When millions die of hunger,
Plants and animals never divide the earth among themselves;
How pitiable that religions give no solace and hope to the miserable multitudes.
Capitalism rules the day;
Is the division between Haves and Have-nots justifiable? Explain.
Why does the poet think that the Have-nots number will increase in future?
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Table of Contents
Book 1 – Winged Reason,
In Memoriam George Joson,
Long Live E. K. Nayanar,
A Blissful Voyage,
A Sheep's Wail,
Haves and Have-nots,
Helen and her World,
I am Just a Mango Tree,
International Women's Day,
Lal Salaam to Labourers,
My Teenage Hobby,
What a Birth!,
Pleasures and Pains,
In the Name of God,
City Versus Village,
Cry of my Child,
Kaumudi Teacher is no More,
How I Became a Vegetarian,
Michael Jackson, King of Kings,
About the Author,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The authors topics and themes he used for his poetry had me gripped from the first to the last page. The useful question's at the end of each one, checking for understanding, is an additional bonus. As for any poet the subject matter is key, the author writes from his heart and is not afraid to challenge and test the reader with his beliefs. No situation or emotion is left uncovered, from birth to death and love to hate, politics and religion and the one thing that touches everyones heart our love for our pets. When you read each individual poem it will strike a chord and make you really challenge your own morals. The honesty and integrity of the writer shines through. Scholars will love the scripts as it will lead to endless discussions over their interpretation of the words and meanings.