According to the late poet Taufiq Rafat ”A fair number of Pakistanis write in English… [so] we may point to a distinct Pakistani-English Literature”. This statement, made back in the 1980s, has even more force today. Since Pakistan came into being as a separate state, out of a part of former British India, in August… Continue reading Pakistani English Literature – A Brief Introduction, 1947 to the present by Omer Tarin, Ilyas Khan, and K. Majied
Last year Patrick Modiano received the Nobel Prize for Literature and, as often before, it was a complete surprise when the secretary of the Swedish Academy opened the door and released the name to the press. Every year this event is a celebration, and the joyous news spreads round the world with the speed of… Continue reading To Stay or Go into Exile – Milosz and Szymborska by Niels Hav
Our thoughts are often clouded and gnarled by our environment; our concentration and feelings can be affected by whether we are at ease or not, or by the attitude of peers etc. So how does one “clear” the mind, as it were, for the purpose of poetic receptivity?
When the Taliban’s poetry book was published in the UK this month, many found it very strange indeed, but someone who understands the culture and lifestyle of Afghans knows how important poetry is to Afghans. On a visit to Jalalabad during the orange flower blossom celebration, I have felt the power of poetry within the… Continue reading Afghans and Poetry By Reza Mohammadi
Giving psychological descriptions of a character is fun but it can also get dangerously sensitive and intricate. It is fun because you feel delighted to explore your character deeper and deeper.