Tuesday, March 1, 2022

NilavroNIll Shoovro


From The Editor


This March 2022, Our Poetry Archive has completed seven years of online publishing. We had started our journey in April 2015. Now, this is March 2022. So far, we have published 84 monthly issues, along with seven annual anthologies of poetry on different themes. Anybody associated with Our Poetry Archive knows we published all the monthly issues right on time. On the first day of each month, our readers get new volumes of poems written by poets of different countries and continents. We have achieved a few things during this journey of seven years. Namely, recognition around the world fraternity of poets. Especially those who are not shy of online publishing. The viewership of Our Poetry Archive has crossed the number 700 000! If we consider the volume of online poetry websites, we can judge this achievement according to its merit. So, many readers are well aware of this online web journal.

During this journey of seven years, our primary focus was on punctuality, continuity, diversity, and quantity. We have already covered these areas with excellence. With the upcoming first issue of the eighth year, April 2022, we will earnestly try to develop the quality of the web journal. To ensure better quality, we have to be more selective. So, we have to reject mediocre poems. We know, quite a good number of poets will welcome this decision. We know others will be disheartened much not to see their poem in Our Poetry Archive. Mainly those with mediocre literary merit.

We hope they will develop their writing skills and produce qualitatively better poems. Certainly, we will publish good poems. All our focus should have to be around quality publications. We seek all-around cooperation from all the poets.

We can achieve this quality of upliftment only when our poets extend their support. So, the keywords are cooperation and continuous efforts to improve literary skills. We want to appeal to all our poet friends, please try to focus on this particular area. And encourage others to develop their writing skill.

Many would like to argue who should decide upon the literary merits of the poems written by a poet. Yes, it is a tricky question. Only time as the eternal and the ultimate judge can accurately filter literary creativities on literary merits. Yet, as an editor of any literary journal, one has to bear the responsibility to select quality works and publish them. Now with this editorial job of publishing the best literary works, the role of the editors is too important. The quality of the journal depends heavily on the editors. None can ensure, all the selections would be qualitatively brilliant. It can only help the readers to get selective poems of better literary merit. An editor or an editorial team only can do this. The rest depends on the poets. Even then, there would remain a possibility of the judgment of errors. We are all human. So, we cannot say all the rejected stuff is not good enough for publication anywhere. We can only assure we will try our best to select only the better poems for our upcoming issues.

Yet, the editor or the editorial team can never set guidelines or rules for the poets. How they should write better poems. We can only select the best poems according to their literary merits. We can only ask for quality submissions. We can only hope that most poets will support this new endeavor taken up by us. I have already confessed. We are not in a position to impose any guidelines. We are not in a situation to set any rules. We cannot dictate to any poet or anyone, how to write better poems of higher literary merits. Still, we can discuss a few common trends and beliefs. That prevents many of us from writing better poems of higher literary merits.

Most of the poets, those who have started publishing their poems only after the advent of social media, believe that writing poetry is a spontaneous expression of personal emotions. I do not adhere to this view. If, and only if poets can successfully transform these personal emotions into non-personal universal emotions. Only then do readers come back again and again to the literary works of the poet. They can connect their personal experiences with the universal experience of human beings. Readers will never return to go through the personal emotions of the poet. Sadly enough, most of us of only the online experience of publishing poetry do not understand the basic features of literature. Literature cannot be the spontaneous expression of the personal emotions of the author. I am not saying that an author should not express personal emotions. The authors' responsibility is to transform personal emotions into impersonal universal emotions. If, and only if poets can successfully transform these personal emotions into non-personal universal emotions. Only then do readers come back again and again to the literary works of the poet. They can connect their personal experiences with the universal experience of human beings.

Let me quote from the famous poet T. S. Eliot. “Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things”. I can only ask my fellow poets, especially those who believe in the spontaneous outflow of personal emotions into poetry, to reconsider their beliefs and view. We at Our Poetry Archive would like to follow the opinion of the famous poet T.S. Eliot. We wish to select the poems from the submission keeping this viewpoint in mind.

One more common feature that I would like to point out, in the form of writing poetry. Many poets, especially those who have started writing poetry recently and mainly on social media, write short articles instead of poems. Their writings move around a narration of their moral views of life. They narrate a story or a viewpoint in prose style or rhythm. That never becomes poetry. We are sorry to say, we would not publish these short of junks anymore. I know all these may start controversies all around. Still, I hope, those who realize the pros and cons of poetry, of the literary merits of the writing skills would not hesitate to welcome our decision.

With this hope, I would like to request all our friends and poets only to submit the best of their literary creativities. We are eager to nourish their creative brilliance through our constant endeavour to serve quality publications. 

NilavroNill Shoovro

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  1. felicitaciones, es una magnifica plataforma.

  2. What is poetry? Poetry is the magical expression,
    Words of poet's heart echoing in the minds of men!
    Building castle in the air and capturing in camera
    Poetry does to produce the album of poetry book!
    Collecting honey from flowers to build beehive
    Poet bee weaves ideas together to compose poetry!

    Arranging beautiful ideas focused on a subject
    A great work of art poet creates in poetry with
    Sound, sense, substance and seriousness in words!
    Beautiful, sweet and light music of poetry absorbs
    Heart, mind and soul to entertain and instruct with
    Inspiring ideas to live a happy and prosperous life
    With confidence, courage and endurance in the world!

    Expressing experience of life in meaningful verse
    Poet finds favour with everyone everywhere here!
    Compressing many ideas in a nutshell, poet makes it
    Possible to reveal Universal truths from trivialities;
    Such a magical art in any other form of literature
    It is not worth trying other than in poetry alone!

    The all absorbing power of poetry is an invaluable art
    That has royal reception everywhere in world literature.
    Sweet songs of Nightingale, beautiful dance of peacock
    And so on will be immortal and unforgettable in poetry!
    So, the songs of the singing bird, whom we call a poet,
    Will echo eternally in the hearts of men and world of art!

    (From Prize winning Poem that fetched me $ 250 in a Poetry Contest on Poemhunter.com web in 2013)