"It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a
lot and ponder a little" - Denis Parsons Burkitt Poetry satisfies
this dictum admirably. Unfortunately, modern English verse is very
dense and leaves the ordinary reader gasping for explanation. In
general, poetry in the western hemisphere is a forgotten genre that
is studiously ignored. Religion in the classical sense has also
lost meaning for many in the West, but the hunger for spirituality
seems alive and well. It is ironic that in the wake of 9/11 and the
widespread general hostility for Islam, a Muslim Sufi -Saint,
Maulana Jallaluddin Rumi is the most popular poet instead of
literary stalwarts like Frost, Shakespeare or Milton. Following a
near-death experience, Rashid Osmani, the author of this collection
started writing poetry. This is his third book to be published. His
style is reflective of the spirituality and sensuousness of Rumi,
who is revered by the author as the master. Forty poems are grouped
in four chapters with delightful titles like "Smile" and "Ponder."
Each poem is followed by an explanatory note for context and
meaning that helps the reader overcome the biggest obstacle to
enjoyment of modern poetry. Website comments from other poets are
also included to shed additional light and offer different
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