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Doors to Freedom
|by Gopal Lahiri|
Jaydeep Sarangi in his latest poetry collection ‘A Door Somewhere?’ grapples with the living with glowing eyes and a wide view of the horizon. He rekindles the urge for exploration of the elusive mystique and summons side by side the dissipating humanity.
Some of his poems are insufferably emotive. Always drawn to lyrical moments and allure of truth, he captures the essence of life bit by bit.
Most of his poems are held together by the intensity and the urge to share the visual beauty and lyrical grace but never have they shrunk from showing the actual space and time. We can figure out (they have long roots) what they mean and what their world for all the same.
Keki Daruwala, the noted writer, very aptly said ‘Jaydeep Sarangi gives a fresh paint to everyday living’. The firmly worded and contoured or glistening, his poems are full bodied painting.
Admittedly, ‘Door’ is the word that lift the soul submerged and Jaydeep knows well that words using as metaphors (‘a door is always a door’) can have consequences, just like actions. Yet in many instances, it’s in the repetition of the signature word ‘Door’ in a symbolic motion, the whole details are told in a perfect manner.
It’s not so much that the poet is scared or unwilling to enter into the burgeoning mix and the complexities of the modern world but still he finds his way to the mind of the readers who share resonance with their life and experience. He is a word artist, not fighter, no dewy doubt about it.
So creative, so vivid and rich are his poems that they inlet at a deeper level than the normal process and change the direction of the thought streams. The visual imagination is always tested in his verses.
In spite of good intention, a few of the poems are more like wish-fulfillment or the pleasure principle. (A mirror or In memory of an Inkpot etc). That said, the beauty of the language in undeniable in spite of the subject of the poems sinking into insipid conversations. In a way, his sympathy for the ‘Caged Bard’ is understandable and he can wait and surprise the passionate readers later on with these gems,
In his note, Jaydeep mentioned emphatically ‘Poems connect continents’. Reading the book, cover to cover, does provide a rich experience of a long walk across the continents to the door of poetry and his poetry is always a pleasure to read. Staying resolutely independent, he is surely forging ahead a path, embedded in history and peerless in dissecting the humanity and beauty in their simplest forms.
A Door Somewhere? By Jaydeep Sarangi
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