ByÂ Anushri Saxena:
What began as a hobby to beautifully preserve one’s memories turned out to grow Wings of Poesy, to take an opportune flight to the horizon. Krishna Kant, a postgraduate student of English literature, offers an ‘anthology of poems‘ handpicked from his rugged school diary cum treasury of poetry in times of disturbance when people are so overworked with their lives that they tend to intentionally ignore simple things of beauty.
The verses mostly share simple rhyme schemes, sometimes they do not even rhyme as no-rhyme is in fact better than a forced-rhyme. Raw language with appropriate usage of the so-called flowery terms, is what forms the cornerstone of the book as it helps the reader visualize the words easily without strain and quite comfortably.
‘Hallucinate this sky with swords and spears, the life below our eyes, be pierced.’ (The Last Call, page 37)
A widely varied mix of themes is a treat for every moment of every reader. From the value of an ‘Extra Two Rupees‘ for a young underprivileged girl to the relentlessly demanding life of a soldier, from how a boy wishes to be born to his mother each time he takes birth to those who are ‘Born in Brothel‘. If wisdom is something too heavy to swallow for one reader then the door is open to an insight of the two sides of Fashion that smoothly ponders if it is a friend or a foe.
A common feature of Krishna’s poems comprise of a snappy, thought-provoking remark in the ending lines that leave you with a lump in the throat (not in the pleasant ones). This is the characteristic of especially those pieces that intend to act as mirrors of the society we live in. We, the people, from very different walks of life and what we all are unknowingly and indirectly doing to one another, and all that we are not doing while we are capable of doing to make a difference in others’ and in our own lives.
‘Let nothing deter you from marching ahead, towards a resplendent time.
Let the destiny obey your commands, and get you…. your desired life.‘ (Let Yourself, page 18)
The book is a good read for those looking for a break in the middle of their much important, busy lives; to cherish the beauty of the ‘unimportant’, and find glimpses of joy through the same. It is not esoteric thus anyone who is not particularly an expert in the high and mighty poetry may equally enjoy the verses and make merry.