Noted Indian poet Vihang A. Naik’s republished anthology “City Times and Other Poems” has been receiving rave reviews from critics and the book lovers across the country and overseas. It is an anthology of Naik’s intuitive and philosophical poems.
The collection of poems is like an autobiographic poems coming from author’s soul and it’s beautiful with philosophical traits. The poems set in the backdrop of a life in a city with its shades, splendor and despair.
The Indian Book Chronicle has praised the book as saying, “The poet has something up his sleeve to say beyond the appearances. He does not describe what things are, but what they are stirring to be, in his consciousness. Vihang Naik has proved his credentials through The City Times and Other Poems, and is a poet with a future.”
POET ( India ) said, “the poet envisions in an epiphanic moment, the true nature of ones self when he wakes up, ‘to see my / Self ‘ ‘discovered beyond thought’ . Between ‘my self’ and ‘discovered beyond thought’ are five blank pages. The ineffable epiphany of ambiguous. It may either suggest the discovery of a transcendental Self beyond all thought and language or it may suggest the discovery of an Absence beyond the human thought and speech.”
In its statement, The Scoria – The Magazine for the Connoisseur, asserted, “The poet appears to be quite sincere in his own un self-conscious way.’
“All his poems are marked by precision and intensity and, of course, typographical experimentation. As a ‘First Book of Verse’ first published in 1993 and than republished by AuthorHouse , UK the volume is remarkable for its creative maturity, and tight control of verse form.”- JELF Contour, India
“City Times and Other Poems” comes with six wonderful chapters with outstanding poems. Love Song of a Journey Man – Mirrored Men – The Path of Wisdom – Self Portrait – At the Shore -City Times – all these will leave an intoxicating effect with cascading thoughts on readers mind after finishing it.
‘Love Song of a Journey Man’ is more or less an inner travelogue, The segments, for instance, ‘Mirrored Man’ is about the other chimeras in the city .The people in the city are capricious like the walk of a crab or the colours of a chameleon. While, ‘The Path of Wisdom’ is about the beginning of meditation and knowledge. ‘At the Shore’ records the poet’s sense of futility, memory, pain, exile and alienation at the shore of life. The title of this collection is also the heading for the last of its six sections, in which the city is unfolded as a market place, as a heaven for underdogs, and as a seed bed of change and is observed at evening, at mid-night, by moon light and through fog and haze. ‘Self Portrait’ that starts with the diagrammatic sketch with 7 blank pages where the reader finds only 3 words at the tail-end of the page.
The short and simple poems run through remarkably deep emotions from poet’s own sense of vulnerability, memory, pain and loss. Somewhere deep the readers would find sublime possibility of transcendence. All the poems here are easy to understand. The poetic moments will engage readers to hook to the pages.
The intense and unique “City Times and Other Poems”, is perhaps one of the most distinguished literary work of poetry in recent time.
The book is available in all the major online bookstores across the country.
|Author:||Vihang A. Naik|
|Publisher:||AuthorHouse||Year of Publishing:||2014|
|ISBN (Softcopy):||9781491897133||ISBN (E-book):||9781491897140|
|Cover:||Paperback/ebook||No. Of Pages:||81|
|Buy From:||Amazon.in, Amazon.com, Google Play, Barnes And Noble|