rōzumarī saṃsāra performing during the release of her latest collection of poems titled ‘memoriographia’ at DBIDL Hall, Don Bosco School campus, on February 22.
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Dimapur | February 22
‘memoriographia’, a collection of poetry by noted Naga poet who goes by the pen name rōzumarī saṃsāra (saṃsāra in Japanese means ‘rebirth’) was launched here at DBIDL Hall, Don Bosco School campus, on February 22.
rōzumarī (born Rosemary Kikon), is a performing artist and poet and has performed her poems at the Copenhagen Poetry Club, Tokyo’s Bar Gari Gari and Berkeley Poetry Slam. Her poems have been featured in Tokyo Poetry Journal and in Zuban Books, “The many that I am: Writings from Nagaland.”
She was also the first runner-up at the Copenhagen English Poetry Slam 2016.
Alongla P Aier, Professor of English and Communication, Oriental Theological Seminary, who launched ‘memoriographia’, published by the Heritage Publishing House, Dimapur, said rōzumarī’s poems are “gripping” and admirably captured the cultural milieu of the latter’s time and generation.
Alongla said when she enquired the poet why the book, the latter replied that it’s about making peace with herself, her past and her family and, about accepting life and healing of the soul.
“Her poetry will grip you because they comes from the heart; ‘memoriographia’ will make you laugh and cry," Alongla maintained, adding, “Your (rōzumarī) hard work has paid off. Being the fighter and survivor, may the readers see their own souls reflected in your poetry and find healing.”
rōzumarī performed three of her poems and also read out a couple of poems recapturing her teenage years spent in the alleys of her hometown Dimapur.
The teen spirit of Dimapur in the eighties is reflected in poems like “Naga Bruce Lee” (an ode to her late brother) and “The Coolest Guy”, while “Mother’s Cross” is a tribute to her mother and all Naga women who are victims of Naga patriarchal society.
The title may sound 'unpoetic,' however, another poem, “Sad helicopter” contains stark lyrics which touches the core of those who have lost their near and dear ones.
Head of the Heritage Publishing House, Dr Lanusangla Tzudir, in her introduction said rōzumarī’s works would definitely take poetry to a higher level.