Singh’s poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing to come out of India, and this collection is a reminder of how startling, original, and deeply relevant his poetry is. In Sexless Solitude and Other Poems, Singh brings us to the edge of civilization as we know it. How might the human spirit persist caught between its love of beauty, its acknowledgment of continuing injury and damage done, and the realization that a future may no longer be assured?
There is no better writer to confront such matters as R. K. Singh. In addition to his recognized achievements as teacher, critic and reviewer, Singh is also acknowledged as one of India’s foremost poets. As inventive as anything he has written, Sexless Solitude and Other Poems is an essential work speaking out for love, sensuality and the meaning of life.
… It is such a truthful boldness of expression that sets apart R K Singh from many others. He has no fears. He is incisive in searching and exploring and bold in expressions. He is also blessed with sweetness of the language.
When you read this book neither will you feel sexless nor will feel a solitude. It will invigorate you to live a full life.
What's really behind R K Singh's unceasing output of verse? is a question I have asked myself more than once. Why does he strive so long and hard? Is there here an eternal search for some universal truth? Or is it simply anger at the way the world, and India, is?
"Broken wishes" is another favorite. It details a moment in time when doubt weighs heavier than faith in things as they are. I felt her pain in longing for more.
I found an urgency to be forgiven for supposed sins in this collection. But forgiveness is only secondary to the mad urgencies that overtake us at odd hours. You write with clear thought given to minute details that others overlook.
It was a pleasure to read these magnificent poems. It is a collection written with honest intentions and insight that should sit well amongst one’s favoured treasures.
Even though "my ordeals are mine alone/ In the valley of self" (Valley of Self), these ordeals, once they have been observed and portrayed, become ours to accept in recognizement or repress out of fear to see.
R.K.Singh has, with this collection, charted for himself the most important role for any poet-- the task of self-definition. And that is the triumph of the book.