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Poems of Love and Memories
|by Sunil Sharma|
Amit Radha Krishna Nigam. Musings of Desire: Poems. Partridge India, 2015, ISBN: 9781482859607, pages 234. Price: Rs 450
A young IT employee gets relocated to Australia for about three years. In a foreign land, quite often the thinker in him starts musing on various issues of import surrounding the existence of a guy-in-transit and discovers the value of impermanence. These odd musings function as the foundation for a deeper analysis of life. Working on the draft for two years or so, he produces a book of around150 poems, appropriately called Musings of Desire. Re-locations, temporary, can be as painful and nostalgic as an economic or political migration, causing disruptions temporal-spatial-psychological, creating a void somewhere in a sensitive personality. Amit Nigam finds comfort in remembering; in love, loss and memory of that-is-not. The best anti-dote to any absence is memory---the capacity to recall events randomly; the great human capacity to summon the past into your immediate context, your present, and re-live it. Remembrance of things past is most creative function of human mind. A poet’s mind has greater capacity to revive the lapsed and re-create that lost territory in a strange fusion of past-present at the moment of recall.
Another poem “Threshold of Memories” explores the same idea further. The vividness is striking:
Memory is non-memory in this section of his book. For the poet, the ability to bring to life the spent moments, the desire for continuity, the very continuum, is time-defying, almost Bergsonian or Proustian, in effect. Poetry as a special form of communication is well-equipped to handle this process of excavation and careful salvage. In, “Today’s and yesterday’s memories”, the identical search for situatedness is articulated as a romantic yearning, an expression of desire for a sacred coupling that is love at its intense and still haunts:
It is a powerful book investigating emotions equally powerful and exerting a strange pull on humankind for centuries. Love---reaffirmation of self in the other; fusion; then blending of singularities and identity of dualism---makes us human. Its loss? Well, that makes us versifiers, chasing the fleeting impressions on a darkening beach.
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