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Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems)

Shahnaz Munni

Published : Saturday, 1 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 2069
Reviewed by Ashraful Kabir

Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems)

Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems)

"Waiting Room"
The night never finds the day's reach
Summer never confronts with winter,
Yet getting the mutual distance and contrast
They compose articles,
The waiting room is between the night and the day
There is a constant dispute between the dawn and the evening
In the middle of winter and summer-
Two middle class people named Barsha and Hemanta
A gentleman named Autumn
Often mediates in their quarrel

Waiting that may be infinite
Man never senses it,
Only noticed by the trees, they wait,
When the night will be united with the day
There will be no distance between winter and summer.

“The day is done, and the darkness/Falls from the wings of Night/As a feather is wafted downward/From an eagle in his flight", in his poem "The Day is Done", written by the famous American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, we find the touch of the dark that is descending like a feather falling from a soaring eagle. Oh, yes, it is surely noticed here, the day is already done!

There is a few similarities in the introductory lines between these two poems "The Day is done" and the "Waiting Room" from the two different continents as the tone of the poets around the world is nearly same. The poem "Waiting Room" has two stanzas that begin with an imagistic-style. The night never finds the day's touch. Summer is very much unable to meet winter. So, never facing each other, both of them compose articles -- whether all these articles possess hilarious mode or melancholic mode that is the question. Now, this question should be postponed for a few moments, which will be explained and clarified later on. After going through this poem, we understand that there is always remaining a waiting room, a gap, between the night and the day opened for two protagonists namely the Monsoon and the Late-Autumn. They wait here; involves in quarrelling and finally, their clash is mitigated by another gentleman named autumn.
The conclusion of the poem highlights something special that is ultimately related with final destruction wherein we, the human beings, are waiting inside that very waiting room and living only for a shorter span of time. The quoted poem 'Waiting Room' is the fiftieth poem from the book  "Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems)", written by one of the most prominent Bangladeshi poets, storytellers and biographers Shahnaz Munni. The book "Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems)" has covered one hundred and one excellent poems; a few of which we shall go through.
The poem "Hahakarnama" (Narrative of Lamentation) describes the simplicity of loneliness. The train departs and isolation prevails over the abandoned-railway. Mone hoy kotodin nijer bukeo akta dirgho railline shuye ase-Ak modhoy boyosini akul hoye jante chaise, Tista Express ki chere gese? Desolation is depicted here through the departed train as well as through the inner-lamentation of a middle-aged woman. Here, the poet by herself is the centre point of loneliness. The readers surely realise the crying of the poet. The poem "Boleche Pagoler Debota" (Said by the Insane-God) has also picturised the paleness of the spring. The Spring has well been personified here as a blind. We find the dim-atmosphere through this second-stanza. The first line of the third para- Amito shei unmadini, jake Chinese durer jahaj also uplifts the same theme.
The readers will discover a suppressed-poet in the thirteenth line as well as in the sixteenth line - Amar shekore chepe rakha shas ami charchi dhire dhire bijon prantore and Nijeke lukiye rakhar jonno khuje berachi khanikta ondho aral of the poem "Keu Karo Jonno Opekhya Kore Nei" (Nobody waits for someone). Fear is terribly felt through the seventh line of the poem "Bhoy" (Fear) - Bhoy chepe dhore fusfus, pishe mare thabar tolay . Some other poems "Ondhotya Theke Ondhokarer Durotya" (Distance of Darkness from Blindness), "Gopon Khuni" (Secret Killer) spread the same Sadness, feeling down or having a loss of interest or pleasure from life. We also feel the loneliness through the introductory lines of the poem "Ogo Rater Batas" (Oh Wind of Night) - Dhu-Dhu Mat periye asa ogo rater batas, Tomar nirjonota keno ato mayamoy, keno ato kotha koy, oshuker… we just feel the poet's Excellency as well as lonely emotion here.
It should be highlighted here that, these selected poems are fine examples of imagism, realism, love, sufferings, a little bit daily affairs. A portion of them are covered with gloomy and sad atmosphere.  After reading these poems, one may come to a conclusion, these selected poems are the glaring example or outcome of depression but they are surely not! The seventy-third poem "Amar Nijer Alaka" (My Own Area) describes the personal region of the poet in a very expressionistic way. No one has the chance to trespass the poet's personal area. The poet is here trying to define herself staying inside a circle. We, the readers, want to break it but undoubtedly we have no capacity.
Throughout the whole book, we also find the presence of nature and a little bit seductiveness in Shahnaz Munni's poetry. But it is very much relevant and essential with the texture as well as for continuation of the poems. By doing so, a modern poet like Shahnaj Munni, finds inspirations from commonplace interest. It is also notable to discover the tone of simplicity, both in terms of the content and the style. Many of her poems are guileless, simple, and earnest. In fact, this is why we, the readers, like the poems very much and harmonise with the the poet ultimately. So, let's start enjoying the book. The book has been first published by 'Chaitanya Prokashon' at 21st Book Fair, 2019 and the price of the book is BDT. 220.00 Only.

The reviewer is a poet, essayist, literary critic, book reviewer & a banker

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