Igniting Key (Poems) Paperback – 2016
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About the Authors
Pramila Khadun is a writer from Mauritius who is famous as a poet, novelist and expert on nutrition, having shot into the limelight recently by winning the Reuel International Prize for Writing and Literature, 2015. She has four books to her credit, and three more in the pipeline including this one.
Dr. Koshy A.V. is famous as Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry 2012, and as author of Art of Poetry and co-editor of The Significant Anthology with Reena Prasad and Michele Baron, besides being a critic, an editor, a poet and anthologist with many books to his credit.
Dr. Bina Biswas needs no introduction as translator, poet, critic and fiction writer. Being multilingual and a polyglot makes her one of the most powerful presences on the Indian writing scene today.
About the Book
“The book is a trilogy by a triumvirate, an exciting journey into and sojourn in the world of poetry. It includes the award winning poetry of Pramila Khadun, influenced by Tagore and Gibran, that is philosophical and emotive, sensitizing and capturing the sensitive reader's heart, most of all in her love poems, with her unique style. It also contains the poems of Bina Biswas with their bewitching imagery and brevity and slant on English that are as mesmerizing. The trilogy is made complete by the inclusion of the grippingly intellectual, Romantic, inter-textual and modernist poems of Koshy A.V. who is extending the boundaries and frontiers of Indian English poetry thereby.” - Dr. Santosh Bakaya, author of the best-seller Ballad of Bapu and Reuel Prize for Writing and Literature Winner, 2014, for her long poem “Oh, Hark!”
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Pramila Khadun's poetry takes one by surprise, by its sheer vastness of range. Her thoughts float seamlessly from philosophy, to love, from love to war, from war to nature and back to philosophy.
The reader is left gasping at the plethora of treasure handed to her.
Did you see the Poet and Blood and Ink are two of her poems which, like straight arrows, aim right at the heart, at the nucleus of understanding.
'I simply love leaning on your verses
They ignite the interplay
Of blue, red and white in my heart,' ' I steal openly from her lines as these are my thoughts too, as I read her poems and get lost in their mysteries. And at one point rediscover myself in them.
Every poem by Ampat Koshy is a masterpiece in its own right. The visual impact is enormous, as if each poem is no longer a text rather an audio visual extravaganza to be grasped by all the five senses. And the sixth too. It is probably the sixth sense which is gratified the most, as all the poems leave an intangible residue in the reader's mind. Gandhara and Sonakshi transport the reader to a different era.. the experience is almost like time travel.
Dr. Koshy's love poems are drastic. They leave the reader bewildered and craving. Therein lies their beauty.
His prose poem Shatarupa strikes the reader with its uniqueness of idea and content. The poet is forever breaking known boundaries with his creations!
Talking of time-travel brings this reader to another startlingly beautiful poem 'A Princess in Bidisha' by the third poet of this trinity ' Dr Bina Biswas. The poem leaves a haunting effect of melancholy and nostalgia, an effect which does not wear off easily.
The essence of Dr Biswas's verses is their profoundness wrapped in concise packages. Her poems are brief yet their effect lingers. The lucidity with which the thoughts progress, makes it easier for the reader to connect with them. Poems like Canonization and Coincidence stun the reader with their apparent simplicity but underlying depth. The beautifully interwoven layers in each of her poems, carry the trademark of artistic brilliance.
Igniting Keys is soul food for all of us. Something to both soothe and awaken the mind, heart and soul. In times such as these, where truth is commercialized and propaganda sells more than facts, with our backs against the wall, poetry is all we have.