Happy New Year. The December 2016 issue of Taj Mahal Review features some of the best contemporary poets across the globe, richly gifted with profound imagination by the international poets. 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. I have attempted to select and publish only valuable writings. I trust that you will enjoy these poems, short stories and haiku. The most important basis for publishing the international artists in the Taj Mahal Review is the quality of their work exploring the overall reality of human experience, powerful enough to shape our imagination. This is of great help in enhancing the reputation and prestige of the journal in literary circles.
It is necessary to know that all great poems reveal the inner life of the mind. “Poetry’s uniqueness stems from the fact that the subject and the object of poetry, the medium and the message, are one and the same. Unlike painting or sculpture, poetry can deal with any and every topic in any and every fashion because in the final analysis what poetry really expresses is the mind’s apprehension of itself to itself in itself” (Jan Mieszkowski).
Congratulations to Bob Dylan for receiving the 2016 Nobel prize for literature. He is quite famous for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
It is a pleasure to acknowledge that my heart is filled with gratitude to all creative artists included in this issue for their invaluable help and cooperation in editing this edition of the Taj Mahal Review. Thanks again for your tremendous support. Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.