Poetry is Healing Our Own Path

Book Review

Book Review

The Fist Which Opens – A journey of poetry therapy from the distant past to the present future – The new book of Rati Saxena, well-known poetess from India

  • I consider poetry as the eternal remedy for poets themselves. Poetry heals poets first, to make them trying accomplishing their mission by healing the world. 

  • Dr. Rati Saxena finds the labyrinth of poetry therapy from distant past to present future, and we could amuse ourselves by reading and finding our own paths.

By Ashraf Aboul-Yazid

Since early years, young Muslims are introduced to two facts: One is learnt by heart that the Holy Quran is a text by Allah sent to believers through the Prophet Mohammed, and the second is observed by them along the years – the power of poetic music in the holy book verses.

While it is not respectable to compare between the two texts, the sacred and the secular, it is easy to detect that one factor of the poetry strength is that similarity between its rhyming content of and the typical ones of the heavenly verses. Arabic and Muslim ears, if we could give them such a phrase, were linked to the vocal poetry because of that little secret link.

So, if we dig deeper, we could find that power is transferring in the circular gatherings of religious rituals and ceremonies, by repeating some refrain, as if it is a line of a holy poem. Those ears did not accept the new poetry when it lost its musicality, as if it lost its authority. This is why cultural rounds away of loud vocal poems are missing believers in poetry!

Apart from giving poetry a healing power inherited by a religious text through ages, I consider poetry as the eternal remedy for poets themselves. Poetry heals poets first, to make them trying accomplishing their mission by healing the world.

Poets are these patients etherized upon global tables when the dark evenings are spread out against the sky, going through certain half-deserted streets, seeking postponed hopes to cure themselves and the world.

In this huge piece of accurate and deep work, Dr. Rati Saxena finds the labyrinth of poetry therapy from distant past to present future, and we could amuse ourselves by reading and finding our own paths.

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Ashraf Aboul-Yazid is an eminent poet, novelist and journalist of Egypt. He is author of over two dozen books. Many of his books have been translated in various languages of the world including one ‘A Street In Cairo’ in Sindhi language.

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