Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems)
�Letters are coming from the dead through the racing-wind; they want to come back, in disguise, in the window of the decrepit-old-house in the maroon-coloured evening�Amid the Mogra, Khowai, Dhanu, Dingapota, Meghna, they want to see hundreds of towing-boats and swollen-sails, as guides, they want to see again"
These are a few wonderful lines from the poem 'Mritoder Chithi Asche' (Letters are coming from the Dead). After reading these few lines, we find a different atmosphere created in our minds. The dead are sending their letters to us for their revisit, why? Here, the readers are on the borderline of a muse, between the dead and the beautiful description of nature. Abstractness is also prevalent here. Like this, there are also so many excellent images to explain from the book 'Nirbachito Kobita' (Selected Poems). There are eighty seven poems in the book: Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems), written by a prominent Bangladeshi poet Jewel Mazhar. All these poems have been included in the selected poems through three separated books namely: 'Dorjighore Ak Rat' (A Night inside the Tailor-House); 'Megastheneser Hashi' (Laughing of Megasthenes) & 'Dewana Jikir' (Devoted Recitation of the name of Allah).
Now we shall enjoy the following poem 'History Book' from the book "Dewana Jikir":
Flowers and rust in one hand
On the other hand, the deceased lizard
Being shadow and squatted, I come daily at your door.
Being breakaway, there were sitting near the river's creek
Some infant-clouds, exhausted and emaciated clouds,
Open their own nuts and bolts and attach them together.
They yawn; look at the clock and rub out
The rust of the hosepipe;
And sitting away a little,
A teenage girl slowly darns the dress
Of her cloud-brother through floating sewing machine.
Being calm and with a steadfast look,
Watches the round-moon!
Slow-footed, on the banks of these transparent rivers
Taking the dead lizard in the lap,
Climbing the seven-leaf tree, being lonely
I reach at the peak. Nevertheless,
It can be left there in silence
Making a bed into the empty-space, into the wailing-wind.
Thus sitting aside the creek
You'll get the drink of Warren Hastings's time
In the pages of History-book.
The poet has given us a link to discover something special from the pages of History-book. It is the history book wherein we find manifestations of modernism combined to find a full nature expression through the words/phrases: the river's creek, infant-clouds, the round-moon, the seven-leaf tree, the wailing-wind and ultimately the creek. In the poem 'Obhigyatar Gan' (Songs of Experience), we have the description about the falling-leaves of the rough-path which has been personified. We also find the presence of 'Hill' and 'River' in the middle of the poem.
There are some other expressions such as 'Corn-Orchard' 'Tamarisk Tree' 'Oven' from the poem 'Tondurer Pashe Bose' (Sitting beside the Oven) which define diverse variety of themes in the same poem. The poet is standing in front of the gas-burner citing the famous American poet Sylvia Plath. The gas-burner and the poet have been juxtaposed simultaneously in the question of burning. We also find the touch of 'Realism' through the phrase 'Lunatic Asylum'. From this, we may say that the whole world appears to the poet as a confined as well as a puzzling place.
The whole universe is the place for a modern poet's composition. He writes on various themes of real life as well as others that our poet Jewel Mazhar has done very craftily. We find the touch of mysticism in the poem 'Arohon' (Climbing) wherein we find the poet climbing the hill at night lonely. Nobody is accompanying him. Actually the poem has a secondary meaning that is doubly-dealing with a little bit sensuality in the thirteenth and fourteenth lines. After finishing the mounting of the poem'Arohon' (Climbing), the poet as well as we, the readers, feel the full satisfaction of a complete journey. Here lies the dexterous skill of the poet.
Jewel Mazhar is one of the modern poets of Bangladesh nowadays. As we go deeper and deeper to his poetry, we understand that, these selected poems are greatest examples of imagism, realism, love, realisation of the greatness of human life, sufferings and ultimately anger which have made the poet gloomy, sad and happy and in some points very bitterly angry. We also find 'Nature' and a little bit touch of 'Mysticism' in Jewel Mazhar's poetry. He has also a preference for using local dialects in his poetry very lucidly as well as he has also a preference for direct and abstract usage of mythology.
We know that the modern poets find inspirations from commonplace interest. Jewel Mazhar is undoubtedly no different from them. The combination of three books has glorified the collection of the poems under the title 'Nirbachito Kobita' (Selected Poems). At a glance, the collection of these poems is substantially turning itself into a large canvas of our everyday world. Let's start enjoying the book. At the same time, we should give a special thanks to the poet for presenting us some exclusive poems. Special credits also goes to him for visiting us every day at our door while carrying flowers in one hand as well as rust in his other hand. The poet welcomes us also the book welcomes us. The book has been published by 'Behulabangla' in February, 2019 and the price of the book is BDT. 270.00 only.
The reviewer is a poet, essayist, book reviewer & banker