Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Amazon Review of Annapurna Poems by American Poet Lara Gularte

5.0 out of 5 stars ANNAPURNA POEMS by Yuyutsu RD SharmaOctober 10, 2016
This review is from: Annapurna Poems (Paperback)

In Yuyutsu RD Sharma’s book, ANNAPURNA POEMS, his words are an elegy for his deceased mother, and the forgotten people of the Himalayas. Yuyutsu Sharma travels the globe by plane and foot. However, he appears to always return to the Annapurnas for rejuvenation of his spirit and in his reverence to the mountain terrain and its people. His memory of this region where his heart lives, effects his views on living and informs his writing. The story of the Himalayas is the story of himself. Despite political turmoil due to the seizure and control of the region by Maoists, his personal relationship with the landscape is a history of what he is familiar with.

His mother, who inspired his poetry at an early age is along with him on his mountain trek. In his poem, First Mountains, Mother Mountains, “On the top of the world / I stand facing the gorgeous glacier / with my late / mother’s smiling face.”

Yuyutsu Sharma draws both sensuality and sacredness from the natural world and describes the landscape as a living body, In his poem, My Mataji’s Last Smile, he likens clouds to his mother’s tangled hair, sees his mother’s smile in the innocence of an oriole dead at his feet. In his poem Bridge, “On the rim of a valley’s / bellybutton, a hot springs,”

In his last poem, Silence, he comes down from the mountains into the Valley. In the first stanza, “Near the Annapurna glaciers, I had remained cosy, next to a warm / hearth. Right away, I regret my return to the slums of human / destiny, ashtray of our shattered dreams.”
I know from these lines that this poet’s return to the Annapurnas will be imminent.

Yuyutsu RD Sharma embraces man and nature as the same both earthly and sacred, his imagination shaped by mule paths, a river, the sound of rain. There is no other poet quite like him.

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