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P C K Prem

A viewpoint on Poets and Poetry in Difficult Times

Actualities, perceptive brains, innovative, theory, incongruities, poetic incubation


A poet acts, reacts and interacts at different times with various kinds of people and gathers multiple experiences and challenges, and tries to give them suitable chronological order but stays obscure. He is caught up in inquisitive analysis into the realities as frenzied current life makes it difficult to find rationality many a time and so an inquiring mind ponders over seriously. One cannot forget the past even if one tries, for it is from the ancient times, one gets some glimpses of roots and origin that make one think deep and long, which is a good beginning for some imaginative outpouring with love and compassion. In a way, one pursues legacy and lives with it, otherwise, it drives one to scepticism and disorientation where purification causes a big threat.

About the Author

An author of more than sixty books in English and Hindi, P C K Prem (p c katoch of Malkher Garh-Palampur, Himachal, a former academician, civil servant and Member, HP Public Service Commission, Shimla) a widely published author has eleven collections of poetry (and Collected Poems in four volumes), six novels and four collections of short fiction. He has six books on ancient literature and two on folklore. A few significant works on criticism are Contemporary Indian English Poetry from Himachal – edited 1992, English Poetry in India: A Comprehensive Survey of Trends and Thought Patterns 2011, TEN Poetic Minds in Indian English Poetry 2016 and Time and Continuity 2016. Creative writings in Hindi include twenty novels, nine books on short fiction, one collection of poetry and criticism. He is also an author of History of Contemporary Indian English Poetry – An Appraisal 2019 in two volumes and The Lord of Gods 2019 also in two volumes, based on Srimadbhagavata Mahapurana AND As I Know SHIVA PURANA 2021. Recipient of several literary awards, he is a poet, novelist, short story writer, a reviewer and a critic in English and Hindi from Himachal. At present, he lives at Palampur, Himachal, India.

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