~~~Why I love this collection~~~The authors of the book 2 phases: 50 poems, published by Brian Wrixon, Dr A. V Koshy and Gorakhnath Gangane say in the afterword “ both of us love poetry purely for its own sake, for the aesthetic pleasure creating it gives us” –a quintessential reason why one must write . They also tell us “ We let our understanding of what poetry means define itself through our writing” Having read these lines first, even though they belong to the afterword, I could barely contain my excitement of getting down to the actual poems. 25 poems later, I come to the conclusion that Dr AV Koshy’s poems are startlingly original, written with an effortless mastery over the language, form and appear as a natural expression of the poet’s experience of the world. There is no attempt to consciously enforce a form or a particular style ; rather an image of a sensitive poet and an extensively well-read man emerges from his poems. The poetic experiments have come off only too well. Exquisite poems such as “ The girl in the moon” “Dusk,” ”when musanda..” and “Words can’t express” charm with their innate beauty and softness. Loss and sadness are recurring themes but expressed with wisdom and devoid of any ‘flowery’ sentimentalism (A wonderful thing to learn for all budding writers), but yet at times giving the impression that the poet has bled on paper. “Suddenly one day just like that” is one of my personal favourites in this collection. The last poem is “I did not find you in mandir or masjid” and I think if one does not find what one seeks from poetry in Dr Koshy’s work, there is little chance of hoping to find it elsewhere. It is with a pleasurable sensation of having participated in a journey that I come to the end of the first 25 poems. Dr A.V Koshy succeeds in putting his poems into the head of readers and making his words stay there as also in inspiring them to better their own work through an understanding of what constitutes fine poetry. I am privileged to have read this collection. Reading Gorakhnath Gangane’s poems jerks you out of your comfort zones but in a good way as he sets out to draw brilliant, raw and ‘honest to the core’ images in most of his poems. The topics of love, sex and the exploration of these themes has been done in an extremely visual and bold way. He can fire up and cool the reader’s emotions with unassuming yet masterly strokes and he proceeds to do just that in poems like “Carnal flow” ,“Foreplay” and “Wild”. There is a sense of urgency and images of yearning and loss ripple throughout the poems. “ Dog in the rain” is a delightful poem that gives the reader an impression of being seated with the poet on a sofa and watching a stray. A matter-of- fact or / resigned tone runs through some of the poems like in “A child is born” and “The soul” . A sense of inevitability hangs over many of the well written poems and even over the romantic ones lending a deeper atmosphere of pathos to them.
A great collection from this young poet Gorakhnath Gangane. His brilliance and promise in all the 25 poems here is to me like an impatient tiger pacing back and forth waiting for the cage door to be opened. Looking forward to reading his next collection soon. © Reena Prasad reviewed on 8th Jan 2013.