How many denials [from the editors, certainly] make a poet a published author? Did you ever think of it? It goes without saying that there are a few lucky fellows who never bother for a publication or two in journals and magazines. But then, they are only a handful of authors.
You critique a well-known poet. You write no-so-positive about his/her work. I’m sure it won’t be considered a polite gesture. A renowned poet needs no inputs for further improvements, I guess, but is it really?
An emerging poet is always referred to as “promising.” Alternatively, you may say “budding.” When I say “promising” I think of the promises that I made silently to the upcoming authors. When I say “budding” I think of tooth-buds that eventually become teeth which help in mastication. Do you remember I am a Dentist by profession?
Since I work on poetry, I have a made a few promises to keep. 1. I’ll support an emerging poet irrespective of the quality of the poems s/he writes, 2. I’ll inform and inspire them to submit in journals and mags, 3. I’ll guide them to get published. Moreover, I’ll make sure a poet pays due respect to the editor who would edit his/her work. But then, not all emerging poets have the basic idea of the functions of a competent editor.
Since my profession allows me to work within oral cavity [our mouth, I meant] I do understand the importance of effective mastication which aids in proper digestion of food that we eat. I want to tell you that a poet writes words from various sources, and they emerge only from varied experiences which are permanently housed in the core of their being. Did I mean assimilation of nutrients?
Like other workers in the field of art & culture, a poet deserves appreciation from all possible corners. And if you think you are only doing good by critiquing a work of an upcoming poet, you need to think again. Did you forget to appreciate his/her work in the first place?
When it comes to Heights of Life by Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, I can only hear the heartbeats of a small-town boy who aspires to place his poetry on a large canvas.
…to be continued