A Bold Take on Life

‘Aanirachi’, an anthology of poems by M R Vishnuprasad, takes you on a ride to those unexplored lands where life is not restricted by taboos or societal prejudices

Published: 11th February 2014 08:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2014 08:09 AM   |  A+A-

His verses have no trace of a forgotten rhyme. Rather, they throw you off-guard with their blatant sexual references and spine-chilling connotations. ‘Aanirachi’, an anthology of poems by M R Vishnuprasad, no way makes for a light read. Instead, the poems take you on a ride to those unexplored lands where life is not restricted by taboos or societal prejudices. Neither are they rhyming nor hummable, but they sure are strong enough to leave you with a lingering after-taste. They emanate a noir aura comprising the pungent smell of blood, death and sex. Taking a less-trodden avant-garde route in Malayalam poetry, this young poet is making his mark with his second outing and how.

You will not find unfathomable words or pretentious intellectualism in Vishnuprasad’s verses. Instead, they are often conversational and less articulate. The metaphors he splurge on in each of his poems are drenched in cynicism. Take his first poem ‘Moksham’ for instance, where he breaks all poetical rules and communicates in sheer voices. By capturing the hisses and sneezes of a salon scissors while getting a haircut, he designs a poem, that could rewrite the destiny of Malayalam poetry. Moksham (liberation from the worldly affairs), as its title suggests liberates three letters Ka Thri Ka and maneuvers them with the silence breaking “rik rik kathrik and kreem”. The salon livens up in the minds of the readers while they listen to the poetry falling from the scissors.

The poems whether it is ‘Kali’ (play), ‘Pallutheppu’ (brushing teeth), ‘Vrukka’ (kidney) or ‘Mrugasala’ (zoo), unlike their names deal with politics, satire and deep-ridden philosophy. The void one leaves behind is well played in the poem ‘Kali’, while kidney is all about the lust for money.

Nadukkathe page (The middle page)

“Irachimanamulla Njayarazhchakale

Calendaril ninnu thoothu kalanju

Nagarathinte vadakku kizhakku bhagathu

Nisabdhatha enna peril enikkoru makalundu.” By calling silence his illegitimate daughter, Vishnu goes an extra mile and says it is silence’s poems he has sneaked away from her middle pages that he showcases as his own. This young poet often strikes a chord with today’s generation with his unaffected candour and unorthodox word play. The effusive demeanour reflecting in his poems comes across as refreshing and forthcoming. When most renowned poets would stay away from handling bold subjects in their works, Vishnuprasad stands out on his own. And ‘Aanirachi’ the titular poem of the book is best example of it. Love or hate, the poem will surely invite strong reactions from the readers. This poet ignites unnatural feelings in the readers’ minds with his simple words. His poems break the mythical barriers of masculinity, sexism and politics and explores the beyond in an extensive way. Not many could relate to its recklessness, however, one cannot but ignore Vishnuprasad as he is here to stay.

‘Aanirachi’ is Vishnuprasad’s second book after ‘Rithukkalum Sreebudhanum’. Sachitanandan’s prologue ‘Pithavum Puthranum Parishudhdhatmavumillathe’ shows a deep understanding of the poems and gives an outlook of the book.


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