Mankind: The Book of Poetry

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Trafford Publishing, 2004 - Poetry - 175 pages
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Dedicated to his daughter Jyoti, and to others with physical or mental health disabilites, Gursharn Zal's "Mankind" is a collection of insightful and sensitive poems written over the course of a lifetime. Ranging from short poems of Haiku-like simplicity that burst upon your consciousness like tiny explosions of revelation, to the longer, thoughtful poems of questioning and anguish, all ring with the same intensely passionate voice of a poet who wants to draw our attention to the realities of life: the world of exquisite beauty that we inhabit, and the numerous possibilities we have as humans to create and appreciate that beauty in our relationships with one another.

Although the violent and unreasonable aspects of mankind are not denied, the poet never loses heart and thus love, family, and the joy taken from simple moments of pleasure, warmly counterbalance his despondency over mankind's brutishness. A poet of profound emotions and gentle wisdom, Gursharn Zal offers the discerning reader over one hundred and thirty-five poems that, by turns, delight, surprise, amuse, nudge, and inspire.

The poet Zal does no write. He lives the writing, then transforms thought and substance into exquisite verse. Enter Zal's poetic universe where love, joy, and wonder commingle to inspire hope for humanity.


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From the works offered in the preview, I would say there is a good chance that this book offers one or two poems that any reader would enjoy. That said, too many of the poems in the preview read as if translated by Robert Bly: too simplistic, attempting to summarize rather than deliver the experience of the poem. The poet is fully capable of delivering sharp, crisp detail, and of handling complex subjects. For many of the poems presented, however, he does not. 

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About the author (2004)

I was born in Dalhousie, India but through some twist of fate and circumstances came to live in Toronto, Ontario, where I learned to love the city due to its diversity and the multiculturalism of its people who are beautiful and soul-inspiring. My strong faith in the basic goodness of every human being and ardent desire to help create a better world for humankind inspired me to devote myself to writing poetry. I have published my first book of poems entitled, "Mankind" (Trafford, 2004). It is a thoughtful collection of human sensitivities to love, joy and the realities of life. My retirement from working life gives me ample opportunity to devote my time to my love of poetry.

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