Book Self- Publisher – Rama Kant Interview – 2016
Rama Kant, the son of Radhey Shiam, was kind enough to provide insight about publishing works by his deceased father:
SPORKETTE: Why did you decide to publish a book of your father’s poems after his demise?
RAMA KANT: The idea to publish a book of my father’s poems was originated when my father was alive. When I started compiling, I had no inkling that my father’s end was approaching. After his demise, I accidently discovered a bunch of poems which contained poems composed during 1950s to 1970s. When I went through it, it raised my spirit and put me on different pedestal of consciousness. This prompted me to publish the poems.
SPORKETTE: What prompted self-publication for The Book of Life, rather than submitting a poetry chapbook manuscript to a traditional publisher?
RAMA KANT: It has been a sort of self-publication in the sense that printing and marketing aspects have been dealt with by the publisher.
SPORKETTE: How did you feel when you had the finished book in your hands?
RAMA KANT: The feeling can not be described accurately. It was, I think an amalgamation of thrill, achievement, and apt tribute to my father.
SPORKETTE: What is the current book project you’re working on now?
RAMA KANT: Currently, I am concentrating on sorting and compiling a new format of poetry called Tercets/Triveni. It has a three-line stanza but it is not haiku. Besides this, collections of tanka and hay(na)ku are also in pipeline.
SPORKETTE: How has your father’s poetry impacted your life?
RAMA KANT: My father’s poetry has influenced me deeply. I have often found expressions in his poetry echoing somewhat similar sentiments in my heart/mind. His poetry consoles me, encourages me, calms me down, and again and again lifts my spirit.
SPORKETTE: Thank you, Brother, for your time…and your devotion to your father. You honor him greatly.
Read my book review for The Book of Life by Radhey Shaim.
Another Sporkette interview may appear in the near (or far) future. Oh, ya!