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R.K. (Ram Krishna) Singh

R.K. (Ram Krishna) Singh

Born: December 31 1950 in Varanasi, India
Resides: Dhanbad, India
E-mail: profrksingh (at) yahoo (dot) com

I have been teaching English language skills to students of earth and mineral sciences and practicing poetry for more than 35 years. I have published 42 books, including 17 poetry collections. My poems have been widely translated, and I have a reasonable internet presence. My work appears in many collections and anthologies, including but not limited to: Above the Earth's Green, Every Stone Drop Pebble, Pacem in Terris, The River Returns, The Acorn Book of Contemporary Haiku (eds. Kevin Bailey and Lucien Stryk), The Art of Haiku:2000 (ed. Gerald England), Haiku: the leaves are back on the tree (ed Zoe Savina), Ich traume dienen Rhythmus...: Kronach/Bayern-- Hauptstadt der Poesie (tr. W. Brunsch), Indian Haiku (ed. Angelee Deodhar), and Das Gewicht des Glucks: herausgegeben von Ingo Cesaro. My haiku appear on the following blogs:;;;;;;;

Awards and Other Honors: My poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Romanian, Chinese, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Japanese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Arabic, Esperanto, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi, and Bangla. Forty two full-length articles on my poetry have been published from 1988- 2005. A book on my poetry, New Indian English Poetry: An Alternative Voice: R.K.Singh (ed: I.K. Sharma, Jaipur: Book Enclave,2004), is a comprehensive presentation of my creativity since the 1970s. My works have been explored in two M.Phil. and six Ph.D. theses of various universities. My awards and honors include an Honorary Litt.D. from the World Academy of Arts and Culture, Taiwan (1984), Fellowship of the International Poets Academy, Madras (1987), Fellowship of the International Writers and Artists Association, USA, the Michael Madhusudan Award, Calcutta (1994), Poet of the Year Award from the Canadian Alumni of the World University, Ontario (1995), Ritsumeikan University Peace Museum Award, Kyoto (1999), and Certificate of Honour and Prize in Kumamoto International Kusamamoto Haiku Competition, Japan, 2000 and 2008. I have also been a Universal Peace Ambassador (appointed by the Universal Peace Embassy, Geneva) from 19 June 2006.

Books Published: Savitri: A Spiritual Epic (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1984), 164 pages (a critical study of Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri); Krishna Srinivas: The Poet of Inner Aspiration (Madras: Poets Press India,1984), 30 pages (a monograph); My Silence (Madras: Poets Press India, 1985), 44 pages (a collection of poems:; Using Contemporary English Idioms (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1985-86), 133 pages (a text-cum-workbook); Sound and Silence (Madras: Poets Press India ,1986), 160 pages (a collection of critical articles on the poetry of Krishna Srinivas, edited with an introduction); Indian English Writing: 1981-1985: Experiments with Expression (New Delhi: Bahri Publications Pvt. Ltd., 1987, reprint, 1991),168 pages (a collection of critical articles, edited with an introduction); Using English in Science and Technology (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1988), 256 pages (textbook); Memories Unmemoried (Berhampur: Poetry Time Publications, 1988), 24 pages (a collection of poems:; Practising English in Science and Technology, (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1990), 198 pages (an EST practice book); Music Must Sound (Dhanbad: R.K.Singh, 1990) (a stenciled collection of poems:; Flight of Phoenix (Berhampur: Poetry Time Publications, 1990), 35 pages (a collection of poems:; Recent Indian English Poets: Expressions and Beliefs (New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1992), 192 pages (a collection of critical articles edited with Introduction); Two Poets: R.K.Singh (I Do Not Question) Ujjal Singh Bahri (The Grammar of My Life) (New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1994), 83 pages; General English Practice (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1995), 192 pages (textbook); Writing Your Thesis and Research Papers (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1996), 115 pages (reference-cum-textbook); My Silence and Other Selected Poems: 1974-1994 (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1996), 185 pages (a collection of poems, including earlier volumes); Anger in Action: Explorations of Anger in In Writing in English (New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1997), 238 pages (a collection of critical articles – edited with an Introduction); Above the Earth’s Green (Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1997), 126 pages (a collection of poems); Psychic Knot: Search for Tolerance in Indian English Fiction (New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1998), 211 pages ( a collection of critical articles – edited with an Introduction ); New Zealand Literature : Some Recent Trends (New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1998), 138 pages (a collection of critical articles- edited with an Introduction ); Every Stone Drop Pebble (New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1999), 70 pages (a collection of haiku with Catherine Mair and Patricia Prime); Using English in Science and Technology (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2000), 296 pages (fully revised and expanded edition); Multiple Choice General English for UPSC Competition (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2001), 204 pages (textbook); Cover to Cover: A Collection of Poems (R. K. Singh: The Face in All Seasons (New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 2002) (a collection of poems, with Ujjal Singh Bahri); Pacem in Terris (Trento, Italy: Edizioni Universum, 2003)(a trilogy collection of poems in English and Italian, with Myriam Pierri and Giovanni Campisi, including my haiku collection, Peddling Dream); Communication in English: Grammar and Composition (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2003), 148 pages (textbook); No Moist Secret and Elements Clack Silence (2003), 62 pages (; Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri: Essays on Love, Life and Death (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2005), 176 pages; Teaching English for Specific Purposes : An Evolving Experience (Jaipur: Book Enclave, 2005), 289 pages; For a World Peace (with Renza Agnelli and Danae G. Papastratou), (Rocca di Caprileone (ME): Edizioni Universum, 2005), 28 pages; Voices of the Present: Critical Essays on Some Indian English Poets (Jaipur: Book Enclave, 2006), 267 pages; The River Returns (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2006), 86 pages; English as a Second Language: Experience into Essays (Jaipur: Book Enclave, 2007), 308 pages; English Language Teaching: Some Aspects Recollected (Jaipur: Book Enclave, 2008), 238 pages; Sexless Solitude and Other Poems (Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2009), 86 pages; Sense and Silence: Collected Poems (2010), 338 pages; New and Selected Poems Tanka and Haiku (2012),96 pages; I Am No Jesus and other selected poems: Tanka and haiku (2014),54 pages; You Can't Scent Me and Other Selected Poems (2016), 114 pages;God Too Awaits Light (Cholla Needles, 2017), 66 pages.

Selected Work
Making holes
in the wooden cross
white ants
Mynahs mate
on the lightning-struck tree:
quiet backyard
The perfume
from her armpits--
Full of silt
the Ganga overflows:
snake under the waves
Sea waves
roll from faraway
white peaks
Her fingers push
 the roots into the earth--

Credits: "Making holes" - Simply Haiku 4:1 (2006); "The perfume" - Mainichi Daily News 705 (March 2008); "Sea waves" - NYUSEN (Third) prize, 13th Kusamakura Haiku Competition (Japan, 2008); "Mynahs mate" - bear creek haiku 78 (2008); "Full of silt" - Paper Wasp (Summer 2008); "Her fingers push" - Mainichi Daily News (July 8, 2009)

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