Authorspress, Aug 1, 2010 - 78 pages
Winged Reason, a collection of poems by K. V. Dominic, is about losses, including the ultimate loss which is the most unrelenting and grimmest loss of human life. It appears that the poet has experienced those losses himself or has heard closely the cries of the bearers of those losses. The first poem begins with a question, which is the quintessence of Winged Reason. The question probes philosophers and touches the innermost chords of its readers.
Winged Reason, the first collection of poetry by Dr. Dominic, deserves to be read and evaluated closely and widely. Poetry lovers and libraries should keep Winged Reason on their shelves because it enriches, no matter from which portal they enter the panorama of the valleys and hills of this volume.
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Winged Reason, by K. V. Dominic, New Delhi: Authorspress, ISBN 978-81-7273-530-2, 2010, Price-95/-, Pages-78.
Reviewed by Dr. Kalpna Rajput
Poets and common men have innumerable dissimilarities between them, no point of their brain wave reaches to the shore of other section but paradoxically both are living in the same sphere of life and only one thing that compels them to mix together is experience which both inhale. Poets have better faculties of expressing their heartstrings and yearnings rather than the common men. Simultaneously, common men also search the reflection of their own experience in poems and other creative works. The collection Winged Reason is a maiden collection of poems of K. V. Dominic which is a fine dilatation of poet’s experience of the world and its pains both in objective and subjective form. As a true poet, he feels the pulse of his conscience and says honestly: “As a poet, I am responsible to my own conscience and I am responsible to my own conscience and I want to convey an emotion or a message often through social criticism. I have commitment to my students as a professor to the readers, scholars and writers as an editor; and to all human and non-human beings as a poet.” (Preface)
The book opens with two elegies, one on his friend George Joson and another on E. K. Nayanar, Chief Minister of Kerala. Corruption, injustice, ‘hollow rituals, traditions, inequity, inhumanity, freedom and exploitation in every step, disparity in society, problems of poor, the downtrodden and marginalized’ are the chief elements to compel him to pen on these issues to ‘inspire and instill humanism in the people’. Most of his poems deal with social disparities, which he has experienced around him. ‘A Nightmare’ is a touching poem figuring the unnoticed daily tortures at school, ‘public water tap’ and the luxurious life style of rich. ‘A Sheep’s Wail’ takes out the inexpressible sorrow and helplessness of sheep. Most of his poems like ‘Beauty’, ‘International Women’s Day’, ‘Lal Salaam to Labour’, ‘Vrinda’, ‘Kaumudi Teacher is No More’, ‘Luxmi’s Plea’, and ‘Old Age’ are the poems revealing the absurdities of the modern time, but some poems like ‘What A Birth’, ‘Om’, and ‘Pleasure and Pain’ are of philosophical strain that motive the man to understand the authentic existence of human beings on earth. Like a good teacher, Dominic has tried to cure each ailment of human life i.e. poverty, corruption, inhumanism, avarice, suffering and female tortures and like a true traditional Indian, he offers his oblation to God and Indian festivals. His leaning towards the mute objects of world like tree, fruit and animal is worth appreciating when he adds his emotions with these silent objects and projects them as animate and sensual beings.
The language and style of the poet is quite convincing to cater the needs of the general readers also. His emphasis on human values, simple living and benevolence is another example of his reformative zeal. The book is attractively jacketed and the cover deign gives a peep into the content of the collection. I hope, the readers of poetry will enjoy the varied fare of his poetry.