Posh (1950-1988) best forwarded the paradigm of a revolutionary poet. More than political and ideological commitment, it was social and cultural alignment that impelled him to write his profoundly innovative poetry. Though in his first collection Loh Kath (Iron's Tale) his poetry leaped forward under the Naxalite influence, yet, in the second, Udhde Baajan Magar (In Pursuit of Flying Eagles) he outgrew it to a significant extent. His third collection Saade Samian Vich (In Our times) proved to be as much a poetic masterpiece as a cultural testament. His untimely death even before he was thirty-eight is the greatest loss that terrorism could inflict upon Punjabi poetry.
Tejwant Singh Gill (b.1938) was formerly a Professor of English and is also a well-lcnown literary critic in Punjabi. He has authored several books in English and Punjabi on critical theory, cultural discourse, historiography and literary practice. His papers on Neruda and Lorca have also appeared in Spanish. He is a prodigious translator of Punjabi literature into English and vice versa. Besides poetic compositions, he has also translated novels and plays. His critical book Posh: Jeevan te Rat/tea is a much acclaimed study of the poet. He is the former editor of Alochana in Panjabi and Bharati Journal of Comparative Literature in English.
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