Neel Bish Neel Ajogor (Blue poison, Blue python)
After WW1 and during the hot-scotch drum of WW2, the oriental writers wanted to bloom in a beauty in its aesthetic world. Some Bengali artists, literati and intellectuals also started to reform its pavement following the culture of oriental society since 1930s. That time some well educated and orient ideology experienced Bengali intellectuals came forward to re-arrange and adorn Bengali literature and culture with the standard of the contemporary world.
Out of many beauty seekers one group started to keep poetry in its own place. They started to compose rhymes exclusively depending on poem's intrinsic beauty. They did not want to dilate their verses with the calamities of contemporary disasters, sufferings of man, and exploitations of people's bad whims. One group of poets started to identify themselves as the Pure Verse Creators. In Bengal Jibonanonda Das is one who started to write purely on nature, beauty of his native country. Later some others started to follow him among whom Sikder Aminul Haque, Mehrub Rahman are notable.
Mehrub Rahman started to write verses in early 1970s. Till today about a dozen of poetry books were published. Recently his Neel Bish Neel Ajogor entered into market in the last Book Fair of February 2019.
In this present poetry collection there are 26 poems which focused the present shivering situations of the world. But the poet is not too much afraid of this tumult situation of human civilizations. He foresees that "I'm drowned in the ocean of dream day and night/ I'm the handicraftsman of imaginary/ I wait for the dawn light/ The dazzling sun will rise/ Which will tie the new days' band of friendship (Page-112).
In this poetry collection there are mainly two types of poems though there are some other sides. Mehrub Rahman wants to feel the nature, he wants to drift into the vast ocean, wants to seek beauty in the deep sleep. "In a queer evening I'm walking through the knee-down water/ I'm driving away the poisonous water in walking/ The afternoon light comes to fade/ Towards the ghostly dark/ This endless journey/ Slightly far/ The engine ship/ Where is fleeing without any soul/ In this morning/ I got up with this nightmare" (Abstract figure of death : Page-20). "Let the life lively in dark, no loss/ Yet you do not look with blind eyes/ Let the evening star obscure, you keep awake/ Even grip your heart in claws is anger/ do not tear it, blood will come out" (Rise O Merry goddess : Page-47). In verses of Mehrub Rahman a peculiar beauty is seen in dark, an un-figured dream can be seen in his poems.
Sometimes the poet roars seeing the calamities, man-made activities against the nature, against the peace of nature. "This is the worldly life of insects/ Of the lascivious earth's/ The rubbish greedy sons/ Like the hungry vultures they are picking out heart, flesh, bones of destitute men and eating." (Molecule in the atom-25 : page-96).
Mehrub Rahman is actually a pure poet, a sublime poet. His poems are to be realized after reading. Language of his verses is purely earthen. Yet a serene deftness news it bears which is the outcome of his longstanding writing poems and realization. We can easily predict that this book will be welcomed by the readers.