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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Only If…by Alka Agrawal


Only If… by Alka Agrawal

The song of serenity
can be sung only if
silence sings
the saga of solace
as sojourn singers.

The diaspora of destiny
can be dealt only if
duty dazzles
the delima of death
as dancing debouts.

The forbidden fruit
can be found only if
faith finds
the freedom of forgiveness
as fortune favourites.

The life of love
can be lived only if
loving lies
in luck of lovers
as loyal life partners.

Author's Bio: Dr Alka Agrawal teaches English as an Associate Professor at N K B M G PG College, Chandausi, Moradabad (UP). She writes poems and stories and has special interest in Indian literature written in English. Her articles have been published in many journals and anthologies. She has presented papers at various conferences and seminars of national and international levels.

In her poem Only If ... Alka Agrawal visualises the conditions in which life can be smooth and free.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Read Poetry Campaign Result Out

Read Poetry Campaign Result Out


Hi Friends,

After a long wait, the result is finally out. We are very thankful to all those who devoted their time in participating the Read Poetry Campaign run by CLRI that lasted for fifteen days from February 1, 2011 to Feb 15, 2011. We received an overwhelming response from our readers and writers.


We got more than fifty responses in total with varying rates to the poets. But one thing was common that Aditya Shankar received higher rating in most of the responses. We feel happy to announce the result. The five best poems published with Contemporary Literary Review: India during 2010 are:


  1. Imagined in Three Quarters of a Second by Aditya Shankar
  2. The House of My Old-man by Aditya Shankar
  3. Hues Divine by Anuradha Dorepally
  4. BLOGGING -- The in-thing by Dr Sandhya Tiwari
  5. Memories of Moonlight by Aparajita


Congratulations to all those poets and writers whose works were rated in the five best poems category published during 2010 with CLRI. Congratulations to Aditya Shankar whose both the poems received best ratings.

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