Book: Fallen Chinar: I refuse to sink
Author: Mashood Rather
Publishers: Liper Publications (Srinagar)
Price: 250 INR
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The Fallen Chinar - I refuse to sink, is a small poetic collection of Mashood Rather, a young boy of eighteen years old. The book can be finished hardly in an hour but forces to think for long how a young boy has produced such a complex and serious poems on varied themes.
Talking about the basic parameters of poetry- rhyme scheme, meter and word sounds like alliteration, strike our heart and mind. These are sometimes collectively called sound play because they take advantage of the performative, spoken nature of poetry. Next is imagination which takes the soul to unusual yoyage.
Fallen Chinar may not qualify for a perfect poetry if analysed on strict poetic devices and techniques. But the creativity of expression in most of the poems are unique and reflects the literalism and strong poetic yearning of this young poet. While going through the poems, it is hardly convincing that the poet is a teen age boy. He has shared some mature experiences and broader imaginations in his poems with a bit untraditional ways of expression.
The poet seems to be a sensitive boy who is observing the society around him keenly and then translates his thoughts into poetry. Fallen Chinar reflects his serious processing efforts of his experiences and feelings. Expressing symbolically, he writes about Chinar and its fate:
The seasons came and went
She disappeared from my eyes
Then I saw a carpenter
Carving his story like a woodpecker
`On Daeb` is a beautiful poem in the book talking about childhood reminisces. Daeb used to be a balcony in old houses in Kashmir and the very name of it touches the strings of beautiful memories. Manshood recalls how he used to be on Daeb with his legs hanging in air and writes his mixed feelings of enjoying the moments with undisturbed nature:
The golden zoon(moon), the blue stars
The shrouded ground, the dead ground
As if only we two were alive...
She lifted her long feran up
And ran away from me
I followed her with my burning eyes
In the poem, `I went a cloud`, the young poet expresses his desire to achieve something unusual so he wants to go deep in the blue sky- symbolically a position where from he would observe what actually is taking place on earth.
`I found a mother in my soul`, is one more beautiful poem of the book. This is a pure love and soulful tribute to a mother. The poet writes:
and then I light
a candle within my soul
to catch her glimpse in the dark day
and I end up seeing ripples all the day
for the bound of my yard
limits the sight of that sard
Very next to this poem is `futile tear`, another poem, reflecting the pain and agony of a mother who`s son was disappeared in the situation and are shedding tears in search of him but all in vain:
You can't trace them
`cause they sweep their bookmarks
The themes, ideas and imaginations are changing or sometimes present a mixture of situation jumping from hope to despair, sacrifice to self-making and from gloomy state to pleasure. Either the poet is confronted with all these situations or is he so sensitive to take note of everything he is watching or feeling in society. The possibility of confusion in the mind of the poet or experiencing a new thing in poetry can't also be ignored.
Since he is very young so experiencing big things and to present them as a writer is itself a tough task. When poetry is chosen to express the complexity of encounters of thought and imagination obviously it becomes tougher than normal to give vent.
In the poem`Swirling`, the poet is swirling between hope and despair. So he lines up, one after another, the words like hope and despair, trust and untrust, woe, and euphoria, love and hate, peace and war. The ideas of contrast can be seen in so many poems of the book. This seem to be something like extraordinary with young boy, Mr Mashood.
The book contains some beautiful poems with surcharged emotions, motivation and sensation. There is poetry too. These include Autumn in Kashmir, The Lingering Night in Me, Aazadi, Torture Centres, Smiling Emotions etc. The poet tried to paint the picture of political situation in Kashmir and its worst repercussions more strongly in last couple of poems.
`Let tragedies Dance` is a representative poem expressing the unabated deaths, sufferings and miseries of his own society and writes philosophically `let's make death peaceful again`. The last poem `Some Questions for Someone` is itself a question, a question to horrible life in Kashmir, a question to all, even to poet or lthe people like him:
Do you still hide behind poems?
behind depression and trauma?
Do you still describe your life
as the falling leaf under the free-fall?
The book and poem ends with a serious concern:
I want to sleep forever now
`cause I can't stand the shit taste of war
in my mouth
till then, you might find the definition of death without birth.
The poet has better poetic aptitude. His imagination is beyond his age but he puts them in poetic jarrgons that makes his creativity a bit less impressive. The poets who write in simple ways are more popular than those who try to portray the simple feeling and experiences in a much complex expression. To gain mass popularity demands to be landed among masses.
To be special in writing remains in circles. They may be known to the world but not to their own society. Best of luck, Mashood Rather, for your best efforts to contribute with difference.