We are proud to launch Poetry India: Contemporary Poetry in English and Translation, a project that aims at curating poetry by Indian poets or poets of Indian origin. Although India claims to be the world’s second-largest English-speaking country, according to the 2011 Census, only 10.6% of the population can speak English. In India, English bears cultural influences as the nation houses multiple vernaculars. So, Indian poems written in English or translated from their regional originals into English should differ from what is being composed by native speakers. Considering the substantial legacy of Indian poetry, it’s essential to chronicle contemporary poems for English-speaking readers. It’s heartening that award-winning Bangla poet and eminent academic Prof. Angshuman Kar, Department of English and Culture Studies, Burdwan University, conceptualized Poetry India and agreed to collaborate with Ethos Literary Journal. I wish him success and good luck!
As you peruse the poems, carefully handpicked by Prof. Kar, I think you will be able to probe the expansive Indian poetryscape.
Chief Editor, Ethos Literary Journal