Mukesh Williams

by Best Poem

No Universalism, No Transcendent Answer

We have acquired the intelligence
To exorcise the ghosts of Cartesian logic,
Universal principles, a priori assumptions, and
Have finally arrived at the impossible condition
Of asserting or denying
Any argument about the universe.

We have begrudgingly acknowledged
After centuries of bickering,
Reformulations and open-minded arguments,
That our intuitions are mere biases
And our philosophies just opinions,
Specific to a time and temper.

Though we know fully well that
By historicizing our ideas
We are creating yet another
Make-believe world of opinions,
We still need a theory and history,
To put our mind to rest.

Mukesh Williams teaches English and American Studies at two universities in Japan and also writes poetry. A small book of his poems, Nakasendo and Other Poems, was published by Writers Workshop, Calcutta, in 2006. An Indian citizen, Mukesh has a doctorate in Contemporary American Literature from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on English poetry, fiction, prose and drama for nearly two decades at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He has also been the editor-in-chief of The Stephanian and was the President of the Shakespeare Society at St. Stephen’s College. He has been on the faculties of Soka University for nine years and at Keio University-SFC for six years. His third and latest co-authored book, Representing India: Politics, Identities, and Literatures has been released by Oxford University Press in December 2007. He can be contacted through his blog site.