Backstory: In the subjective process of creation, human body is a picture of the human soul I celebrate to understand the world and the self. And, it is normal for a poet to create out of himself or herself: whatever outside they see excites the inner vision. I see sex as truth, rendering the experience with beauty and power. Making poetry sexy is focusing on the flesh to enter the spirit. My erotic haiku also seek to explore the body, or naked physicality, leading to love of the spirit, or man and woman as one in coitus. The fleshly unity is the reality, the passage to experience divinity.
In fact there is so much lived and observed in one’s sexual life but hardly fully expressed. My deep interest in erotic poetry often makes me compose “erotiku” that happen, as you rightly say, “to relive a thought,” or re-enact sex acts, or re-create a felt or lived experience of a moment. Haiku offers a good medium to express love and sex subtly as well as explicitly, yet leaving lots of room for the reader’s imagination.
I consider the expression of passionate sex in my poetry as the internalized substitute or antidote to the fast dehumanizing existence without, and ever in conflict with my search for life, search for meaning in a sort of routinized, boring existence. By writing brief personal lyrics, including tanka and haiku, or confining myself to the privacy of lovemaking, I make my life itself a work of art, and enlarge myself to the universal sameness of human feelings.
I see woman, and her nudity, as the mainspring of our being (and art), shaping the psyche and constituting the sensory experience. She is eternal and there is no poetry without her. I sing of woman who is both my passion and interest, who is the balance point of various beings, the very cause and end of life, perhaps the means to rediscover the original magic of life.
From My Silence: 1974-1984
25. Every sleeping guy gets up at the last kick of a waking tart
From The River Returns: Tanka
44. The thought is sin she thinks and denies me sex to protest against my mind in the gutter that breeds erotics in verse
156. It’s not ageing but eternal delight: you under me smooth belly nude necking slow stroking parting flesh
Published in SenSexual: A Unique Anthology , Vol.I (ed: Susana Mayer), USA: Sensexual Press, 2013
Ram Krishna Singh is a university professor whose main fields of
interest consist of Indian English writing, especially poetry, and English for
Specific Purposes, especially for science and technology. He was born on 31
December 1950 in Varanasi, India. Apart from a BA earned in 1970, he gained his
MA in English Literature from Banaras Hindu University in 1972 and Ph D from
Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, in 1981. He also obtained a Diploma in Russian in
1972. Dr Singh started his career in journalism, as a Compilation Officer in
the District Gazetteers Department, Lucknow, 1973, and a Journalist with the
Press Trust of India, New Delhi, 1973-74. Changing to teaching he became a
Lecturer at the Royal Bhutan Polytechnic, Deothang, Bhutan, 1974-76. Joining
the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad as a Lecturer from 1976-83, he then rose
to Assistant Professor in 1983 and full Professor and Head of the Institute’s
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences since 1993 to 2011. He is now
Professor of English (HAG).
A reviewer, critic and contemporary poet who writes in Indian English, Dr.
Singh is the author of more than 160 research articles and 175 book reviews. He
has published 39 books, including: Savitri : A Spiritual Epic (Criticism,
1984); My Silence (poems, 1985); Sound and Silence (edited articles on
Krishna Srinivas, 1986); Indian English
Writing : 1981-1985 : Experiments with Expression (ed., 1987, rept. 1991); Using English in Science and Technology (textbook,
1988, rev. and rept, 2000); Recent Indian
English Poets : Expressions and Beliefs (ed. 1992); Two Poets: R.K. Singh (I DO NOT QUESTION) Ujjal Singh Bahri (THE
GRAMMAR OF MY LIFE) (poems, 1994); General
English Practice (textbook, 1995); Anger
in Action : Explorations of Anger in Indian Writing in English (ed.,1997); My Silence and Other Selected Poems :
1974-1994 (poems, 1996); Above the
Earth’s Green (poems, 1997); Psychic
Knot : Search for Tolerance in Indian English Fiction (ed., 1998); New Zealand Literature : Some Recent Trends
(ed.,1998); Every Stone Drop Pebble (haiku,
1999); Multiple-Choice General English
for UPSC Competitive Exams (textbook, 2001); Cover to Cover (poems, 2002). Pacem
in Terris ( haiku, English and Italian, 2003), Communication : Grammar and Composition ( textbook, 2003), Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri : Essays on Love,
Life and Death ( Critical articles, 2005), Teaching English for Specific Purposes : An Evolving Experience (
Research articles and review essays, 2005), Voices
of the Present: Critical Essays on Some Indian English Poets (2006), The River Returns (tanka and haiku
collection, 2006), English as a Second
Language: Experience into Essays (ed. research articles, 2007), English Language Teaching: Some Aspects
Recollected (ed. research articles, 2008), Sexless Solitude and Other Poems (2009), Mechanics of Research Writing (2010), Sense and Silence: Collected Poems (2010), New and Selected Poems Tanka and Haiku (2012), and I Am No Jesus and Other Selected Poems, Tanka and Haiku (2014). His works have been
anthologized in about 160 publications, while his editorial activities extend
to include guest-editing of Language Forum, 1986, 1995, and Creative Forum,
1991, 1997, 1998, besides being co-editor of the latter publication from
1987-90, General Editor of Creative Forum New Poets Series, and service on the
editorial boards of Canopy, Indian Book
Chronicle, Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Reflections, Titiksha,
International Journal of Translation, Poetcrit, Impressions of Eternity (ie),
and SlugFest. He has evaluated about 50
PhD theses from various universities. He has also edited the ISM Newsletter for
about five years.