Poets

Mohan Rana

portrait of Mohan Rana

Mohan Rana, who was born in Delhi in 1964, graduated in Humanities from Delhi University. He has published six poetry collections in Hindi, Jagah (Dwelling, 1994), Jaise Janam Koi Darwaza (As If Life Were a Door, 1997),  Subah ki Dak (Morning's Post, 2002), Is Chhor Par (On This Shore, 2003), Pathar Ho Jayegi Nadi (Stone-River, 2007) and Dhoop Ke Andhere Mein (In the Darkness of the Sun, 2008). Some of his poems were included in Modern Poetry in Translation special issue no 17 ‘Mother Tongues'. A bilingual collection With Eyes Closed (Suryastra; Delhi), with translations by Lucy Rosenstein, was published in 2008.

The poet and critic, Nandkishore Acharya, has written that, 'Amongst the new generation of Hindi poets, the poetry of Mohan Rana stands alone; it defies any categorisation. However, its refusal to fit any ideology doesn't mean that Mohan Rana's poetry shies away from thinking - but that it knows the difference between thinking in verse and thinking about poetry. For Mohan Rana the poetic process in itself is also thought process.'

Mohan Rana lives in Bath.

Poems by Mohan Rana

Photos

  • Mohan Rana portrait
  • Mohan Rana and Bernard O'Donoghue reading at the 2011 Bridlington Poetry Festival
  • Mohan Rana and Bernard O'Donoghue reading at the 2011 Bridlington Poetry Festival.
  • Mohan Rana and Bernard O'Donoghue reading together at the 2011 Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Mohan Rana and Bernard O'Donoghue reading at the 2011 Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Mohan Rana and Carol Ann Duffy at the 2011 Ledbury Poetry Festival