Calcutta, April 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) With the overwhelming popularity of the world wide web, significant e journals have come up all over the world with different motives and wish to promote poetry on a Global stage. West Bengal in comparison to South India has been a step backward in this regard with only a handful of online journals bringing out issues, that too without consistency except a few like Kaurab or Uharpool. In this context, our own Washington Bangla Radio Online Magazine has been publishing poems, stories and travelogues from independent creative writers for quite a few years now.
Over the past few years The Enchanting Verses (www.theenchantingverses.org) has emerged as one of the most vibrant, successful and serious poetry e-journals that has maintained a parity between renowned poets and upcoming writers of poetry in the matter published by it. With its origin in West Bengal it has presented a serious effort to uphold the essence of poetry writing. The journal has been consistent in its publication without any support or grant from institutions or government.
Starting its journey in 2008 it has published numerous quality poetry, book reviews and articles upon poetry with a well-laden team of editors consisting of Prof. Dr. Ramesh C Mukhopadhyay, Sonnet Mondal, Dr. Suvendu Kar, Dr. Chandraprakash Sharma etc. to name a few. The journal in each of its issues has given out a title of "Enchanting Poet" to one internationally famous poet for his or her contribution to the world of poetry. Some of the names include Stephen Gill from Canada, Dorin Popa from Romania, Ariadne Sawyer from Canada, Darius Pacak from Poland, Ramkrishna Singh from India, Jovica Eternijan from Macedonia and so on.
The journal has also featured writers such as Poet Laureate Candice James, Malay Roy Chowdhury and K Satchidanandan. The upcoming issue of The Enchanting Verses will present some of the best contemporary literary voices in poetry specially from India. Some of the names include Taslima Nasrin , Sharmila Ray (ed. Journal of Poetry Society of India), Ambika Ananth and quite a few International poets.