The June 2018 issue of TMR features some of the best modern and postmodern authors across the globe. The fact is that their poems and haiku were selected for publication in this latest issue, because they reveal exciting heights and depths of their highly imaginative and observant mind. In this issue there are so many interesting features haiku, artwork, poems revealing “inner mind” of the poet, literary criticism, book reviews and several other attractive things. The poems included in this latest issue reveal fresh originality and truly spontaneous imagination.
It is quite apparent that for enriching the quality of TMR we always look for the creative artists who are able to write spontaneous poems and haiku. William Wordsworth aptly remarks: “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility: the emotion is contemplated till by a species of reaction, the tranquility gradually disappears and an emotion, kindred to that which was before the subject of contemplation, is gradually produced, and does its actually exist in the mind. In this mood successful composition generally begins, and in a mood similar to this it is carried on.” For example, we are deeply attracted by the artless and spontaneous emotion in the following highly spiritual and mystical lines by Walt Whitman:
A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.
I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.
Or I guess if is the handkerchief of the Lord,
A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropt,
Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners, that we
may see and remark, and say Whose?
It will be good if the contemporary poets break new ground by writing spontaneous poems.
I am filled with very deep sense of gratitude to the authors included in this edition. There is no doubt that without the cooperation, kind help and generosity of these creative artists, it is not possible to publish the June 2018 edition of Taj Mahal Review.