The June 2016 issue of TMR includes some of the best modern and postmodern poems by the poets across the globe.. This edition exhilarating in its range also features short stories, haiku by the international poets, artwork, book reviews and many other attractive features. We receive an increasingly large number of poems, short stories and haiku from across the country, and around the world. The most important basis for publishing the international artists in the Taj Mahal Review is the quality of their work powerful enough to shape our imagination. This is of great help in enhancing the reputation and prestige of the journal in literary circles.
Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) aptly remarks: “Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad. If we are mad — we and our brothers in America who are walking hand in hand with us in the vanguard of progress — at least we are mad in company with most of our great predecessors and all the most intelligent foreigners. Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Shelley, Blake, Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth were all mad in turn. We shall be proud to join them in the Asylum to which they are now consigned”.
The fact is that the poetic madness means divine frenzy. The poet is often overwhelmed by an innermost voice and inspired by the vision created by the romantic imagination. Shakespeare says: “THE LUNATIC, the lover, and the poet/ Are of imagination all compact.” This becomes quite apparent in the poem “Kubla Khan” by S.T. Coleridge. In the following lines from this immortal poem, Coleridge very vividly reveals that the poet is able to create the dim world of dreams as he has ‘drunk the milk of Paradise”:
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honeydew had fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.
I am quite obliged and highly grateful to all creative artists and poets who submitted their shorter fiction, poems, haiku and original artwork for publication in this latest issue of the international journal Taj Mahal Review. Many thanks for your highly inspiring support and cooperation.