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"I am still where I was, all of history and literature flowing through me..."
So begins Raj Dronamraju's excellent poetic journey into a world awash with images of a man questioning the reasoning behind the actions of mankind; of scenes of life revisited by a poet who saw them once, then came back to look again, to make sure he got it right.
Instinctively drawing off the emotional currents around him, Dronamraju's deep look into the complexities of the human experience, carry the reader into a place that runs think with empathy, regret, and forgiveness in a world gone wrong. His words conjure feelings of being saved from ideological isolation, by soaking up sensual observations, then squeezing them out, like a lyrical baptism, raining truth and acceptance where ever he goes. He doesn't speak for himself as much as he speaks for us all. And the beauty of his work is that one walks away from this book a better person for having read it.
"There are no words to express how I fell out of love with Humanity," he laments in "Self Pity in a Tent City". But he is mistaken, for in this book of poetry he doesn't fumble once in finding the words to express the tremendous passion he feels for the sufferings of his fellow man, proving once and for all, that revolutionary poets are driven by feelings of deep love more than the bitterness they are often accused of.