Poet and civil servant K.K. Srivastava was declared Poet of the Year 2012 by Ohio-based International Writers and Artists Association (recognised by UNESCO) for his literary achievements. The poet recently spoke to The Hindu about his latest volume of poems Shadows of the Real .
“Darkness outside, nothing has changed neither the source nor the expectation. Out of formlessness it shuffles forward invisibly.” These are the opening lines of one of the poems, Depression , from Shadows of the Real .
Talking about his work, Mr. Srivastava says Depression is meant to reflect certain darkness from his childhood that had crept into his adulthood. Surely enough, the next few lines in the poem are revealing of this aspect. “I thought it had died; It, alive – wavering in its cabin. This dense night; my childhood lays itself bare, once again. Floating freely the same, known fire burns me inside: I have no proof of my innocence”.
There are 133 poems in the book and Mr. Srivastava says poems like Fate , An Insomniac’s Dilemma, Nothing Left to Tell and Mental Asylum and Poetry were all an exploration of the darkness within himself.
The feeling of helplessness that overcomes one while trying to sleep is reflected best in the opening lines of An Insomniac’s Dilemma which reads: “Once again night has arrived another chance to drown myself into my wakefulness”.
The poet is the Principal Accountant General (Civil and Commercial Audit) in Madhya Pradesh.
“My job and my poetry are two different things, they do not interfere with each other,” he says.