Space For Rent

Space For Rent
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Falgun 19, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 11, 1436 Hijr

When the ashes ignite . . .
Faquir Foysol finds a phoenix thoughtfully inclined
Published : Tuesday, 3 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 79
Poet Rahman M Mahbub has explored and crossed the River Lethe, flowing between reality and imagination, crises and human existence, in his work, Waiting for the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a compilation of 31 English poems published at the Ekushey Book Fair this year by Adorn Publication.
In the preface, Professor Ahmed Reza feels nostalgic as the very title is reminiscent of the renowned children's story - Pied Piper of Hamelin. According to the academic, this title has an allegorical reference similar to Swift's Gulliver's Travels. In the introduction he seems to be very much impressed with the allusions to characters, events, texts that the poet constructs in the book.  Emotion and reality are merged and "Life appears to his poetic mind with all its colours and sounds", according to Reza.
The poems deal with regular life in a different way, being nostalgic of wild youth, seclusion far from home, as well as tormenting socio-political decomposition at home and abroad. The poet has illustrated contradictory abstract inner-subjective conflicts, often monologues, in the narration.
His explicit call for a utopian romance with implicit loyalty to social and family bonds is evident in his writings, more precisely when he dreams of change in an ordered way, rather than through chaotic reality. More interestingly, as a poet, he has neither declared war against conventional social dilemma nor shown any puritan conscience. He does not even reject reality for its numb-inertia; he opposes the orthodox trip to the dream-land as well. Yet he seems to be a dreamer looking for orderly chaos. Mahbub tends to seek nirvana by belonging to none.
Immediately on waking up from the siesta of inferiority complex, a rebel voice recites from deep inside his soul:
"A tiny soul though
Dare not to be an epic hero?
However a soul alike at midnight" -Unlike Ulysses
Faquir Foysol is with The Daily Observer

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