Sohan Quadri as a Prophetic Poet


A Critical Review of AFORISMER
by Santosh Kumar

(Aforismer, published by Ornnens Forlag, Denmark, 1995, pp. 64, ISBN 87 87 412 83 7)

Sohan Quadri’s Aforismer is a bilingual publication in English & Danish. No doubt, Qadri reveals his capacity for presenting themes marked by prophetic and sublime quality conveying an overwhelming interest and deep import to an individual soul. Such pregnant meditations and concise observations will cling to the memory .For example:

“The answer dances

when the questioner dies

in the question.”

“The only courage is

to watch and witness

the false face fall.”

“Know thy feet twice,

retreat a step-

to know thyself.”

“The talker

of blessings

is unblessed.”

In all these aphoristic quotations, we notice Qadri’s breadth of intellect. Aforismer has very high qualities of proverbial expressions written with great precision and clarity. Sohan Qadri’s eyes are fixed upon the sober enquiry of truth, and he has relied on being able to investigate his deepest intensities in quest for epiphanies. Aforismer is the poetic “exhibition of psychiatry at work”. The author has pondered deeply over ‘all this unintelligible world’ (Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey), and probed sincerely in the history of his own mind. This wisdom seems to have solved ‘the burthen of the mystery’ in such solemn lines:

“The conquest completes

in the non-become surrender,

for to become

is to become false

to be is just to be.” ( p. 49).

“I am a dot

in the silence

of the wise.” ( p. 57 ).

Qadri describing himself as “ a dot \ in the silence” leaves no doubt in my mind that he is influenced by Nada yoga and techniques of meditation emphasizing the great significance of “a dot” or pause during inhaling and exhaling the breath.

Sohan Qadri was born in Punjab, India 2nd November 1932; lived & worked (painting) in Zurich & Paris; held over 40 one-man shows in important galleries in several countries; Award in painting – Lalit Kala Academy (India); several interviews on National & International Radio & TV; conducts International Workshops on Aesthetics & Metaphysics.


About saintjudas

People say I'm: Poet, honest, a good listener Describe Yourself: Santosh Kumar (b. 1946) is a poet, short-story writer and an editor from UP India; DPhil in English; Editor of Taj Mahal Review and Harvests of New Millennium Journals; several awards; member of World Poets Society (W.P.S.); member of World Haiku Association, Japan; presented papers in the seminar, interviews as special guest at international literary festival WORDS – one path to peace and understanding Oslo, Norway in September 2008; attended 20th Annual International Literary Festival Druskininkai Poetic Fall and 5th World Haiku Association Conference in Lithuania, Sept 30 to Oct 5, 2009; published poetry in Indian Verse by Young Poets (1980), World Poetry (1995 & 1996), The Fabric of A Vision (2001), The Still Horizon (2002), The Golden Wings (2002), Voyages (2003), Symphonies (2003), New Pegasus (2004), Explorers (2004), Dwan (USA), Promise (Purple Rose Publications, USA), World Haiku 2008 No. 4, World Haiku 2009 No. 5, Taj Mahal Review (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008). He has also edited sixteen World Poetry Anthologies, and four books of World’s Great Short Stories. He is also the author of a collection of poems entitled Helicon (Cyberwit, India, ISBN 81-901366-8-2), Haiku collection New Utopia (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-0-8), NO NUKES: Brave New World of Beauty, A Long Narrative Poem, Songs of Peace & Haiku (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-3-9), and Critical Essays in collaboration with Adam Donaldson Powell (Cyberwit, India, 978-81-8253-110-9). He has also edited The Poetic Achievement of Ban'ya Natsuishi (Cyberwit, India, ISBN: 978-81-8253-149-9). Interests and Activities: Poetry, Peace haiku, Sacred haiku, Literary Criticism, Holistic, alternative therapy, Zen and Yoga, Stress Management
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