Winter's Electric Architecture


Winter's Electric Architecture (Hawakal Publishers, 2016), my collection of poems and photographs, has been published this July.


Foreword

Aristotle has viewed poetry to be social commentary where poets are twice removed from reality. I view poetry to be social, political and personal commentary where all three fields overlap, for what is society without the personal politics between man and man; what is politics sans the society of men and what is personal if we have no political society to measure its significance? Poetry in its truest sense permeates into and affects the very core of human existence and its effects are enormous when pertaining to the soul. Poetry has no language and is the medium of connection between souls. Poems do and it connects people across ages, gender, classes, countries and now, with sincere gratitude to the science of translation studies, across languages.

Poetry has been embedded in the very essence of Indian culture with the two of the greatest epics, The Ramayana and The Mahabharata being composed in verse. The poetic tradition continued as the country faced foreign invasions and became a major medium of expression and thought during the country’s independence movement. However, as the struggle for independence changed into a struggle for economic stability, the importance of poetry diminished in social significance though it was used to combat social evils. Though some strong voices were heard, poetry was not the jasmines brought to scent the evenings. In the contemporary India, the rising existential crisis due to socio-economic pressure has lead to a resurgence of poetry. Poetry, especially in the English language is becoming the panacea urban Indians are resorting to, for globalization and rise in English language education is internalizing English, to be the urban Indian’s language of thought, which is I believe a rather significant change, if we need to consider the significance, contribution and relevance of English poetry in India.

Inam is one of the finest contemporary poets, writing in English from Calcutta for his craft like a pin, pricks the innermost recesses of your mind and heart, both. His philosophy is modern, not only in thought but also in practice, which makes his writing authentic. Nihilistic in nature, some of his poems challenge your consciousness and urges you to see, beyond the conscious human eyesight something I believe should be the purpose of poetry. This is also apparent in his photography, which I feel is poetry.

Inam’s poetic sensibility that forms the very premise of Winter's Electric Architecture is heavily influenced by that of Lorca for he views himself mostly as being alienated from society but that is one truth that he dares to boldly highlight as he sheds the social mask of niceties and admits to himself the lonely state of man in a concrete jungle where the survival of the fittest continues. Depression gnaws the underbelly of some of his poems and becomes a social commentary on the state of the society we are living in. In his politically charged poems one is shocked, along with him. His poems wake you up and pull you by the ear to see the sights you would rather have had put your blinkers on, they prevent you from becoming rhinoceroses.  Inam’s concept of love transgresses romance into being pure passion and he mocks conventional romance (subject to the vagaries of convenience), by using a language that seems from a different era but the stark realities of life get highlighted in the process.

Winter's Electric Architecture is replete with allusions from all ages and it tests your intellectual and emotional quotient both while itself being a path for self realization. While every human experience is unique, all human emotions that the experience takes you to, takes you through are the same. This collection is a journey to the core of yourself and all who dare to embark upon it, will surely emerge enlightened.

Joie Bose



Inam’s words blur off the margins of light into the murderous ruby of night, giving shape to voiceless landscapes. Re-emerging with enticing melancholy and the refrain of restraint, it interconnects personal juxtapositions with distant realities.

Sometimes his sonnets are songs, infectious strains of surreal declarations of existence. Sometimes hymns, transforming indigenous elements of impressions, shadows, intuitions, and hopes into marvelous visions; diluting apparitions, and presenting a fractured abstraction of our times.

Rochelle Potkar

The images that Inam uses are colours that cannot be bottled. They leave imprints in the river that flows within you. Powerful, evocative and mesmerizing they reveal what changes poetry can bring to one’s psyche. Inam’s works are forests that are forever in bloom.

Saima Afreen

This book by Inam Hussain reveals him to be an innovative poet and a photographer.. His intense verses are a tale of one man’s odyssey through the mesh of everyday living. His art form is a fusion of the mystical and solid, a search for something realistic yet, beyond the grip of the five senses. His way of writing is multi-layered and the voice that tells them-by turn, happy and melancholy, wry and clairvoyant. His photographs do not form a separate category, rather they compliment the thought behind his writing. Overall an interesting read.

Sharmila Ray

Cover paintings: Anurima Sen
Author photograph: Rajesh Gupta

Acknowledgements and courtesies:

Taranjit Kaur,  Soumya Debnath, Sharmila Ray, Rochelle Potkar, Noa, Sedna Ali, Prakriti Dutta Mukherjee, Anurima Sen, Joie Bose, Kiriti Sengupta, Rangeet Mitra, Saima Afreen

Reviews and impressions:

Heartfelt thanks to Sedna Ali, Tripti Saun, Soumya Debnath, Ranadev Purakayastha, Somali Panda and Deeptesh Sen

"Haunting and beautiful"

“Inam has been a very sensitive poet. I like the musicality and allegories in his poems. I also have loved these poems, quite naturally. The impact of reading his poetry has always been of a lasting feel and fragrance.”


“Inam's poetry is surreal and sublime. Takes you to another world with his imagery. A must read!”


“thoughtful ...”


“I have read Inam's poems before.I have always liked the imagery and ideas in his poems.This book once again opens the door to the surreal which the poet always wants to connect with.Very few poets have the power which he has in his creations that force the reader to read his poems again and again.”


“Seduces your mind to an altogether different zone with varied, subtle images. Images that twirl your mind into the world of fantasies. A must buy”

“I have read Inam's poems before, they are sublime. I am also an admirer of his photography.
Can't wait to get my hands on this!”

Winter's Electric Architecture is available on Amazon:
Winter's Electric Architecture, Flipkart: Winter's Electric Architecture and Hawakal: Winter's Electric Architecture

In Kolkata, you may obtain the publication at Dhyanbindu, College Street.

Regards,

Inam Hussain

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Decrescendo drunk,
Mystical, tender graces,
Breaths — our dreams dovetail.

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A billion fractured stars,
night echoes like an archaic guitar,
the fish are telling violent myths.

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Moon throat,
Doe
a dragon

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