(6/11/2012 6:41:00 AM)
Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country that was formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule in one form or another since 1962, when General Ne Win staged a coup that toppled a civilian government. The current junta, formed in 1988, threw out the results of a democratic parliamentary election in 1990 that was overwhelmingly won by the party led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and the daughter of Aung San, one of the heroes of the nation’s independence from the British Empire in 1948. For 15 years, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest.
After years of stagnation, change is coming to Myanmar at a rapid pace, though still on the military’s terms. Nonetheless, there is hope that the country is veering away from authoritarianism and Soviet-style economic management that has left the majority of the country’s 55 million people in dire poverty.
Burma, which has a total area of 678,500 square kilometres (262,000 sq mi) , is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, and the 40th-largest in the world
Much of the country lies between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. It lies in the monsoon region of Asia, with its coastal regions receiving over 5,000 mm (196.9 in) of rain annually.
The country's slow economic growth has contributed to the preservation of much of its environment and ecosystems.
Human rights in Burma are a long-standing concern for the international community and human rights organizations. Members of the United Nations and major international human rights organizations have issued repeated and consistent reports of widespread and systematic human rights violations in Burma.
Now about poetry of Myanmar...........! In his opening lines to a 1976 article on hidden meaning in poetry, Mya Ketu (pen name of U Chan Mya, a former professor at the Mandalay Arts and Science University) writes that as there are secret matters in life so too there are secrecies in poetic literature. “However, ” he goes on, “The secrets in poems are unlike the secrets of hidden crimes; they are merely furtive.”
Mya Ketu either wasn’t thinking very hard or, more likely, was trying not to. There are innumerable examples from around the world of poets condemned for crossing the ambiguous line between furtivesecrecies and criminal laws, from Ovid to Oscar Wilde, Marcos Ana to Vaclav Havel. Mya Ketu was himself writing under a government which considered anything contrary to its economic and political program to be offensive, and must have known about banned poems and authors.
In the three decades since, things have gone from bad to worse and the game of hide and seek between Myanmar’s writers and their censors has continued.
Apparently, poets embed messages in seemingly innocuous texts, as did poet Saw Wai:
he (or someone) deliberately wrote what roughly translates as “Pow-er cra-zy Gene-ral Than Shwe” into the opening syllables to each line of the short poem, although it is plausible that the magazine editordidn’t notice the covert message in the rush to meet his deadline. That the piece was written for Valentine’s Day and was released in an entertainment weekly called Love Journal only adds to its delicious irony.
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(6/9/2012 7:02:00 AM)
hello all my name is Iquo Umoh. I have been away for a while but now am back in full force.
(6/8/2012 2:03:00 PM)
Hello all. My name is Logan Arnold and I would like for you to read some of my poetry and comment on it if you feel propelled to do so. I will likely do the same. Thank you and have a full day.
(6/6/2012 3:30:00 AM)
Hi, i'm new here and i'll be posting the rest of the poems I've written here soon. Any feedback or criticism is most welcome :)
(6/5/2012 11:15:00 PM)
HEY! ! ! will you please read my poems! ! ! !
(6/4/2012 3:56:00 PM)
I'm another new member. I failed English at school and have try to teach myself better spelling and grammar as I go through life. Somewhere down the line, I fell in love with the language, its literature and its poetry.
Sometimes a ditty or two springs forth and it's great to have a place to place them.
As with everyone else, I would love some feedback on them and suggestions to improve. :)
(6/2/2012 11:10:00 AM)
Hey i joined today and it would be cool if someone would read my poems and be honest about what they think.
(6/1/2012 8:29:00 AM)
Hey every one i am glad i joined this site. Please read my poems and comment. Thanx
(5/31/2012 5:34:00 PM)
Hey everyone, I just joined poemhunters some minutes ago. Please I will appreciate your comments and correction whenever I am wrong. Thanks
Mykonos Poetry Club
(5/26/2012 4:30:00 PM)
Views and feedback would be really good :)