DHAKA: The word ‘inferno’ I first learnt from the Italian poet Dante and later from the French poet Rimbaud. After a many years, when the book ‘The Mystic Inferno’ came in my hand, I recalled the images of hell imprinted in the younger days.
Obaidur Rahman’s book ‘The Mystic Inferno’, which contains 48 poems, presents a hell mystical. Interestingly, it feels healing the wounds from the burning heat of the harsh reality.
The poet says, ‘I close my eyes and let my spirit roam free/ In between truth and lies, my courage lets me be/ The obituary of time and the condolences of hazy days…/ I seek closure in my own freedom, And settle down in my own lazy ways’.
The readers will get more soft touches of spirituality while going through carefully in between the lines of the poems, dedicated to them.
The poet believes that he is ‘Blessed by the mystic galactic/ Esteemed by the One Holy True,/ Cosmic magical is the union supreme eternal/ The one of me and you.
His poems may bring the readers to a sky-high realm and to roam from a galaxy to the galaxies keeping their pains, pangs and suffering aside or within. Perhaps, this is the mystery or mystic, mostly dealt by the sufi souls.
When the poet says, ‘I am in battle with myself’, the readers may get feel affinity with him. When the poet urges, ‘I need your touch to help me fall asleep’, the readers may again feel affinity.
The book, priced at Taka 40, is brought out by A Sleek Publication.
BDST: 2113 HRS, OCT 30, 2012
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