24 January, 2021

A Requiem To Domsky

Dom Moraes (Domsky to his friends) is not easy to read. While his prose was limpid and lyrical, his poetry tended to be somewhat obscure as the works of many modern poets.

Jitender Gupta
A Requiem To Domsky
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Dom Moraes’ interest in poetry started very early in his life. In his preface to this collection, he writes, "I was about ten years old when I started to read poetry.... I had an instinctive feel, even at that age, for the shape and texture of words." By the time he was 14, he began to write it himself. He learnt French in order to be able to read Villon in the original. Poetry became a lifelong passion. But for a longish break (1965-1982), he continued to write till the end of his life over a month ago. It would appear that the writer’s block which had lasted 17 years was finally overcome when he met Sarayu Srivatsa to whom he dedicated this collection.

Dom Moraes (Domsky to his friends) is not easy to read. While his prose was limpid and lyrical, his poetry tended to be somewhat obscure as the works of many modern poets. His words have resonance but you have to read every line two or three times before you can comprehend their meaning. People brought up on simple rhyming verse like Twinkle, twinkle, little star will find Domsky’s poems obscure. However, one can detect...

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