Compilation of poems
KAVITHA JWALA: Jwalamukhi; Jwala Publications, 2-2-647/185/1A, Sarada Nagar, Bagh Ambarpet, Hyderabad-13. Rs. 110.
IN THE field of revolutionary poetry having socialist-communist ideals as the core, Jwalamukhi rose to great heights and is considered a pioneer in carving out a niche for this genre of poetry in Telugu literature. His writing trajectory extended far beyond poetry and covered also short stories, novels, and critiques. True to his pen name — ‘Jwalamukhi' connotes a volcano — he poured out his feelings with the ferocity of an active volcano. The various deep-rooted injustices, discriminations, and disparities seen in society — especially the caste system — stand condemned by him scathingly in his verses.
This is a collection of Jwalamukhi's select poems under six heads: ‘Nakshatraala Vanthena', ‘Kanti Daaham', ‘Nivaali', ‘Swagatham', ‘Kaala Chakram', and ‘Pidikili.' ‘Kanti Daaham' is an imaginary dialogue between a mother and a daughter, replete with epiphanies and soul-stirring images. It ends with a message: light at least a small lamp and help satiate the society's ‘hunger' for light . Here, the ‘mother' is none other than ‘Bharata Mata.'
‘Manavatha Bandham' is a bi-lingual poem commemorating Indo-Chinese friendship written extempore and rendered when a Chinese delegation visited India. ‘Nivaali' is a collection of elegiac verses on renowned poets such as ‘Chalam', ‘Sri Sri,' ‘Pattabhi,' and ‘Rachakonda.'
This anthology, which Jwalamukhi calls a ‘red milestone' in his career, is surely a collector's item.
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