Ujjwal Prasai
Source: The Kathmandu Post dated Sep 30,2011

The poetry anthologies that I am given to review these days are more a collection of grammatically-incorrect long sentences, broken down into several short phrases. Other than form, short phrases do not constitute poetry. Few months back I wrote an article on what Nepali writing, although produced in large quantities, lacks acutely. To quote a line or two from the same write-up is worthwhile here: “Take a poem written on the issue of corruption. This verse does nothing but repeat the boring ideas of an idealistic thug. High-sounding, idealistic thoughts prevail throughout the book, but the writing is so bland that I am reminded of a poem I wrote on ‘nationality’ in the fifth grade.”

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Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people. - Adrian Mitchell