Synopsis from Goodreads: “K. V. Dominic Essential Readings” gathers for the first time the three most important works of poetry from this shining new light of contemporary Indian verse in English: “Winged Reason,” “Write Son, Write” and “Multicultural Symphony.” A fourth collection of 22 previously unpublished poems round out a complete look at the first 12 years of Dominic’s prolific and profound verse. Each poem includes unique Study Guide questions suitable for South Asian studies curricula.
Written in free verse, each of his poems makes the reader contemplate on intellectual, philosophical, spiritual, political, and social issues of the present world. Themes range from multiculturalism, environmental issues, social mafia, caste-ism, exploitation of women and children, poverty, and corruption to purely introspective matters. From the observation of neighborhood life to international events, and everyday forgotten tragedies of India, nothing escapes the grasp of Dominic’s keen sense of the fragility of life and morality in the modern world.
Publisher: Modern History Press
Date Published: September 1, 2016
Date Read: November 2016
No. Of Pages: 284
Source: Copy provided by Poetic Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author: Internationally acclaimed poet Prof. K. V. Dominic (Kerala, India) is the author of three major volumes of poetry about the natural world as well as social and political commentary: Winged Reason, Multicultural Symphony, and Write, Son, Write.
RELEVANT AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING
We need more of this in the book community. This masterpiece had to be written, not just for the sake of empathy but more importantly for awareness. I always challenge myself with the books I read, there are books that are easy to read and will be forgotten in the years to come, but also there are books that would stay with you – this book is one of them. The beauty of how it depicted the pressing issues in the society that we live in, lyrical yet with impact. Something that had to be said over and over drilling it into the minds of the closed-minded ones. I commend how rich and how it was able to show the other side of what people usually miss out. It wasn’t just promoting awareness, but immersing ourselves into the reality that we face day in and day out. It was more of an invitation to do something about it, to finally stand up for what we believe in. Stand up for the things they often shut us out.
The poems varied from important social issues, to culture, women’s rights and yes even environment. You would easily notice the author’s persistence to make all these problems and all these issues be relevant, to be talked about and eventually resolve them, in whatever for it may come from. I commend that the author used his vast knowledge and experience in concocting a truly revolutionary work. I loved how he used the written words as medium to send the message across. It is as if it is a summon to awaken one’s sense to see past the veil of oppression and passivity. It was more than a collection of poems, it is a voice that demands to be heard.
Take the poem Mother’s Love for an instance.
Maternal love, love sublime
Noblest of all emotions
Visible both on human beings
and other beings
Maternal love is transcendent emotion
Both human species
and other species possess
I am perplexed
by some sporadic disasters
A mother offering her
to please her lover’s sexual urge
How could she throw her dead child
to the hungry wold?
How could she suppress
the divine emotion of maternal love?
also the poem I Can Hear the Groan of Mother Earth
I can hear the groan of mother earth
being raped by her own beloved human sons
Having sucked all milk from her mountain breasts
quarry deep out of construction mania.
and this passage from the poem “A Nightmare”
A lavish wedding feast was served in the town hall,
rich delicacies heaped on the plates,
were relished by the pompous guests
I could see two ragged girls outside
struggling with the dogs in the garbage bin.
Now this poem is my favorite: Pleasures and Pains
Pleasures and pains;
two sides of a coin.
We toss it early morning;
majority gets the pains side.
Pleasures come like sprinkle,
while pains fall like deluge
and continue like monsoon.
Happiness is a mist
while sorrows shower like snow.
There was something so haunting about his poems. KV Dominic’s poems were written in such a manner that it is easier to grasp and fully digest, it was straight to the point without any reservations whatsoever. It was as honest as it could get. My ultimate favorite would be the whole collection of poems under Write Son, Write.
Now I could highly recommend this one for someone who wants to branch out to poetry and at the same time would want to immerse himself in social awareness and the present predicament that the humanity faces. This would be the perfect book.
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