all we have to pit against death and silence”
Joyce Carol Oates.
Language communicates with people and time, nature
and soul. The forms may differ but the essence remains the same and powerful if
the creator can express his or her talent with proper dignity and elegance. And
poetry is one of the best medium for this purpose. The primary obligation of a
poet is to communicate with her inner self. To broaden the canvas of his or her
vision as well as feelings for both the life as a conscious being and people
and time in general. Poetry is born If and only if one can achieve this.
Some would like to argue about this primary
obligation of a poet, saying that the true goal of poetry or literature or any
form of art in general is to save mankind from the demons of ego, pride and the
greed to rule over others to gain more and more power. We wouldn’t like to
argue with their views with counter arguments, but what we would try to emphasize
is that one can go forward to fulfill these obligations only when one can
establish a self identity communicating with his or her inner self.
To establish this self-identity is really vital
especially for a poet if he or she really wants to communicate with a wider audience
across geographical locations and time. Only then he or she can make an
impression in literary history without which nobody can fulfill that true
obligation of an artist – that of saving mankind as many people demand from a
Everybody knows with the internet revolution in this
age of information and technology the dimensions of literature has largely been
extended beyond our preconceived ideas about literature in general. And that is
the reason why people are writing volumes. This has both a good and bad side as
usual. Our Poetry Archive is trying to nourish only the good side of the
spectrum bringing in poets from all over the world from different literary
traditions and heritages. With the completion of the first year of web
publication we have started a new section “Poet of the Month” felicitating one
poet every month with an exclusive interview and publishing his or her five
representative poems. With the first issue of our second year we have published
the interview of Poet Ana Nedelcu of European Union which has already gained
immense popularity among our readers. Our poetess of this month is “Sandra Sass”
of USA. Another popular poetess Deborah Brooks Langford has done this lively interview of Sandra Sass which was edited by Author Stacia
Lynn Reynolds. We convey our utmost gratitude to all these poets who are
constantly enriching this web journal with both their talents and their time.
We would also like to extend our thanks to Poetess Deborah Brooks Langford who
has almost single handedly introduced many new poets and poetess to the readers
of Our Poetry Archive. We are glad to present some of them in this current
edition for the first time. So we hope our readers will enjoy this present
number even more.
Those who would like to participate in our upcoming
numbers, please send at least three poems and a profile picture along with the
explicit confirmation of your permission for publication in OPA well before the
21st of every month. Our mail address email@example.com
With this note we would like to thank all the poets,
writers, friends and all our readers to make OUR POETRY ARCHIVE an
internationally renowned poetry journal.