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In the emerald land of poetry with Sangeeta Gogoi Gohain's Meraki: A Perennial Spring of Love
Sangeeta Gogoi's Meraki: A Perennial Spring of Love (ISBN ISBN 978-93-5207-149-4) published from Authorspress India, New Delhi (2015) redefines 'Love'. Her poetic flight gives us brilliant love songs give a perennial expression to undying love.

The poetess informs us that she "grew up in the Emerald Land of Red Rivers and Blue Hills, singing songs of the Rainbow and dancing with the Stars". Her "Idyllic dreams" gave her "a thousand wings". She began to fly and her "fantasy hovered between Silence and Eloquence". The outcome is brilliant love songs giving a perennial expression.

Each one of the fifty poems according to her is a 'pure expression' of her 'undying love'. The titular poem 'Meraki' gives us the central theme that continuously run throughout all poems: "Listen to the Secret language/ Of silence, before it's too late.../Very soon you'll hear her say/ Everything that was left unsaid".

Brevity is the soul of wit, but in Sangeeta's poems it is the core of meaning. She says less and means more. The poet is the liar who speaks the truth. Sangeeta knows this truth. As Robert Frost says: 'Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."

This happens in poem after poem in Sangeeta's book. In her poem 'Offering' she wonderfully says: "Love's sweet bliss,/Fills me with its/Soft Celestial Music;/Tuning my existence/With transcendental peace!"(P.13). Allen Ginsberg once says "Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private". In 'Love's Luminous Thought' she differentiates two visions- male and female:

"She visualized a world

Through His eyes;

Saw

Masculine Love dignified.

He visualized a world

Through Her eyes;

Saw

Feminine Beauty personified."

Then comes the concluding stanza where the climactic realisation occurs: "Visualizing the world/Through inner sight,/ They saw/ Purity's Purest Light;/Visualized/Life!"

It is quite interesting that Authorspress India has published this year many books on Love and Sangeeta's Meraki seems to be the best of the lot. In her book we have many poems that remind me what Carl Sandburg says about poetry "Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance". So minimalisation of words and so much pregnant with meaning and graphic contours she has added to her poems in a suggestive way in poems such as 'Dilectics of Love-Making', 'Fly Me to the Moon', 'Under the Grace of Gloom' and 'Triumph'. A wonderful poetic sensibility is reflected in her poems. I cannot resist the desire to quote from her poem 'Ode to Poetry' where she defines her concept of poetry: "Angelic boon of my solitude…

Poetry! /Born in an undreamt dream./Soothing soft breeze of spring/Wafted across soul's virginal stream;" It is just brilliant recording of the experiences distilled through an every poetic soul.

Sometimes she is patriotic as in the lines:

"A beautiful world before two eyes,

My blood - reddened by your touch

'VANDE MAATARAM'

And in my heart…

Dream of a peace filled earth!" (Welcome O' Life')

But at other times she looks a bit sportive in dwelling upon the discourse of love. I am quoting the whole poem 'Dialectics of Love-Making' here which strikes me as one of her best cryptic expression :

"Thesis:

Eyes met wild,

Lips word denied.

Anti-thesis:

Mamihlapinatapei;

Synthesis:

Apodyopsis…

Untouched unsaid,

Sticky and spent,

The lover and the laid."

This is Sangeet's poetic oeuvre which comes out so spontaneously in poem after poem. She is hopeful ,optimistic and touched very little by her sorrows and we can sing with her as she says in the beautiful poem 'The Voyage' :

"Together we withstood the hurricanes,

Traversed the storms, the sun and the rain;

And realized how beautiful and fulfilling

The journey of love and light has remained."

Sangeeeta is on a poetical journey and in this poetic debut she will surely get many as her admirer when she is so positive in her thoughts and reflections. This small book of 63 pages will be for long cherished by poetry lovers in their treasure trove of memory with the lines reverberating in

"On life's white pages

Death's panegyric

Encourages

Dreams alone to seek;

Life is immortal

Sufferings eulogize

Through poetry

What if

Death survives?"

So philosophical yet so poetic. Congratulations Sangeeta Gogoi Gohain the emerging poet of Assam for her brilliant poetic debut.

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