Today, I have a book review by Subash Singh Parajuli on Lokendra Chand’s poetry collection ‘Spring: An Adept Director’.
About the author of ‘Spring: An Adept Director’
Lokendra Bahadur Chand is the former Prime Minister of Nepal. He assumed four times the Prime Ministership of different ages for years before the declaration of the Federal Republic of Nepal. He hails from the Far Western region of Nepal. He is a self-determined and visionary leader whose selfless toils and motivated contributions and artistic styles of writings set footprints in both Nepali literature and politics. He achieved one of the widely-celebrated prizes in Nepali literature, ‘Madan Prusakar,’ for his book ‘Bisarjan,’ a collection of short stories. He already contributed a dozen books in the Nepali language in various genres. He published three poetry anthologies in Nepalese language and one in Hindi. He penned five short story books, including ‘Bisarjan’. Two books are related to satirical articles including ‘The Chair.’ His one-act play was much applauded while being staged as ‘Neta Ko Sathi’. Spring: Adept Directory is a collection of one hundred poems which are written in different modes about life and situations after retirement from his political life and his party.
Poetry is a kind of revelation and art of psychological acts and intellectual therapy. Like a mirror reflects wrinkles and the beauty of your face; poetry tells feelings, emotions, and experiences of your mind and body. This masterpiece anthology Spring: An Adept Director weaves contemplative thoughts and complexities of life and even states the poet’s inner desire of finding the path of hidden truth and eternity through the forms of a poem. Every creation in this book blends reminiscing moments with harsh realities of the world that humans are anonymously bearing in this present time and seeks healing balm of love, a crisis of humanity from the sojourn beauty of nature. Poetry is a form of art of words that sews a garland of emotions and feelings in a single thread of love and hatred, smile and tears, war and peace, life and death. Chand’s poems embark once lost tunes of life and sufferings of decaying of a natural and lofty attitude of humankind.
The synchronization of words, metrical calculation, pondering over poetic tunes, unprecedented images, deconstructive thoughts within constructive deliberation and sense of wit within humor are qualities of Chand’s poetic creation that are highly appreciated. He gives vent to his feelings in a straight forwarded language that put poetic aura to each stanza. This debut book gives us a feeling of long lost in the mundane world and collectively pleads to revive nostalgic momentum in loneliness to musing in a delightful mood. His verses glide with time, flux and duration with the flow of personal life and flashes about bygone time and life experiences which has no compensation and comparison in anyone’s life. His most of the poems render very unique and unbelievable images and have metaphysical forms. From his poetic spectrums, I feel that his poetry longs for love, the pursuit of tranquillity, a sojourn of peace and prosperity in infectious mind and selfish body. Every poem does have a delightful flight to get the essence of life in broken wings and hearts. Spring: an Adept for Director is itself picturesque of eternity for extremity!