FOREWORD by Maria Cristina Azcona
This book written by the experienced hand of Santosh Kumar, brings us to a mysterious space where Heaven and Hell coexist into the soul and flesh of Postmodern Humanity.
This magisterial approach to social lyrics, finds its route towards the most exquisite expression, through the fantastic bridge of the author’s brilliancy. Santosh Kumar is aware of the obscurity in post-modern reality while he constructs beautiful pearls of wisdom among the ashes of decadent civilizations.
The sensitive soul of an artist is not the unique weapon he finds to fight for perfection, far away from Utopia. He directs the attention of the reader towards the ideal of a better world, present at every verse, at every line in the elaborated metaphors. He wants us to take a trip under his wise eye through the miseries of human soul, which perversion marks an awful target on the map of Earth.
The author holds the unique flag of his own authenticity while he directs a laudable pray to Lord, asking for an end to human indignity. An admonitory command is deeply submerged
Into Shakespearean verses full of good judgment and decorum.
But, is poetry capable of changing the world? Could possibly literary genius transform this cruel era into a genuine paradise of peace?
In fact, poets are sometimes the philosophers of the future, the visionary builders of our new home, in the sense of a better-designed civilization.
Elegiac, the verses in “ ONE LAST FIGHT ” elevate an imploration to God
“ I sing and pray for Universal Peace,
Human rights sacred, inviolated ”
Dark and heavy, “ NUCLEAR WAR” makes a terrible warning:
“ Will Satan devour us?
Sure the Devil, the enemy of mornings
And springs, flourishes again ”
The amazing sound of the astonishment exploding into the soul of an artist who is aware of the most appalling truth, reaches our understanding in a painful way:
“ A thousand and a thousand have died, have died.
A thousand and a thousand will die, will die ”
His work in this book may be presented as sociological poetry, because he combines alliterations, redundancies and internal rhymes with an elegiac irony about human sins in nowadays politics joined to a contrastable comparison among Evil and God’s commandments. Darkness and brightness are described even with an n exaltation of goodness. Nevertheless, poetry is first and foremost, Poetry. Chéjov said:
”Art does never lie”. .
Poets need to express the internal helicon which produces hurricanes of emotions mixed with the most cherished dreams of peace.
The objective of the contrast among evil and goodness, among obscurity and light, is to call our minds to think in the paradox of human soul, where bad and good values are in permanent conflict, into each one citizen of the world.
The thesis of this book is: Is there a movement similar to a pendulum, between the success of virtue and evil? God and Satan? Is the destiny of the world still a mystery? Or is it Satan who unfortunately is winning the game and sooner or later we will be witness of a satanic ending? Is it possible to avoid the cruel result? May we discover an emergency exit, which conducts us to Heaven of Peace in Earth?
Social poetry is some kind of philosophical poetry which reason to exist is the dream of a new world under the reign of God.
Culture grows on the shoulders of vanguards; its development is not a placid travel but an awe-inspiring conception that is born to endure millenniums. Social Poetry dares to face the present and future of our planet without loosing the beauty of rhythm and its divine intent. Controversial and provocative, this kind of poetry is conceived as a pacific reaction to nowadays reality. What my own poetry (Postmodern Hell, Peaceful Agony and others) sustains as social. Poetry is the concept of a better world joined to the critic view of art upon ugliness of human behavior, represented by injustice, war, terrorism and inequality.
Undoubtedly, intellectuality has a sacred duty to human beings in this volcanic millennium.
The eye of an eagle has a panoramic concept of reality. This book does not fail in the intention to bring us an accurate moral analysis of post-modernity, capable of making us see the problem and perceive the solution.
MARIA CRISTINA AZCONA
Maria Cristina Azcona is a prestiged poetess and novelist, who lives in Argentina. Her poems, society articles and literary critics are well known and have been published all over the world. Her work, written either in Spanish or English, is at the head of vanguards in social poetry. She is author of four books, two of them of poetry about postmodern society, published in Argentina. The others are a novel and an essay. Azcona is editorial advisor of the Taj Mahal Review, India and literary consultant to Rowe, UK. She edits international anthologies to Caddan, Argentina. And to Authors Incorporated, UK. Also writes articles to Spirit Magazine, Chicago USA. Her poems can be read at Poetry Magazine, EAP Bulletin, Milwaukee, Cold Glass Magazine, Meeting of the Minds Journal, Kabita Pradesh, Poetry America, Voices net., Centro Poetico, (Spain) and many other international anthologies of poetry like Voyages, The Still Horizon, Symphonies and The Golden Wings. Her articles can be read in Arab at the important journal Al-rai, Jordan.
Her poems have won several prizes as First Prize in Poetry,Caddan,Argentina. Spring Runner Up in Biffs Boards contest 2002,USA and have been several times finalist in the International Championship of Poetry by the International Society of Poetry, USA.
Recently she won the Editors Choice Award, Literary Club Mar Ivanios,University of Kerala,India.