by Best Poem
In the beginning was the word,
The eternal memoria of our faith,
And not the aria or arioso of music,
For we believe
Through asserting in the spoken voice
And rejoice through music in that belief.
It is one thing to listen to Bach’s
Recitativo accompagnato and
Another to read the Gospel of Matthew
Howsoever we might love
To blur the distinction
Between religion and aesthetics.
Mukesh Williams has been published in Indian, Canadian, Caribbean, and American journals such as Indian Verse, The Journal of Indian Writing in English, Muse India, Centrifugal Eye, The Blue Fog Journal of Poetry, Foliate Oak, Plankton, and Best Poem. His poetry possesses a startling mixture of Japanese minimalism and Foucaldian coups and carries with it an uncanny postmodernist signature. His works have been quoted in reputed journals around the world from The Journal of Commonwealth Literature to The Other Voices International Project, and listed in the World Poetry Directory of UNESCO 2008. Williams has published two books of poems, Nakasendo and Other Poems (2006) and Moving Spaces, Changing Places (2007); and is now working on a third book The French Café. His latest co-authored book, Representing India: Politics, Identities, and Literatures (December 2007) has been favorably reviewed in many journals and newspapers. He teaches at Keio University-SFC and Soka University, Japan and can be contacted through his blog site.