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‘She, Love and Other Poems’ released

‘She, Love and Other Poems’ released
(L to R) Banuo Jamir, Dr. L. T. Tsanglao, Renthunglo Shitiri and Dr. Lanusangla Tzudir.)
Dimapur, Mar 21 | Publish Date: 3/21/2019 12:29:04 PM IST

 She, Love and Other Poems by Renthunglo Shitiri, published by Heritage Publishing House and poetry lyric video of two of her poems were released at Sky garden, 7th Milestone on March 20.

Banuo Jamir, chief secretary (Retd) while releasing She, Love and Other Poems, commented that the book was remarkable wherein emotions and experiences of women placed in different circumstances have been portrayed gracefully, powerfully and with simplicity. Renthunglo Shitiri according to Banuo, joins the group of women poets who, just by writing, undermines the societal orders of male thinking and in deconstructing their control.  She noted that there was a timeless quality pervading the entire collection of poems ranging from diverse scenarios and also of the experiences of women limited by gender roles imposed upon them by traditional and patriarchal roles.  

Stating that the most poignant were the ones that comment upon the role and experiences of women within a repressive societal order, Banuo mentioned that “through poems such as The Matriarch and Air Water and Fire, the poet connects with her female ancestors and generations of women like herself and reaches out to remind her women readers, of their own fierce strength and to celebrate themselves.”  

Considering women’s writing as a liberating act where women writers were able to write about their own lived experiences honestly, assertively, with skill and artistry, she commended the notable and positive trend of dominance exerted by Naga women writers. 

Referring to Renthunglo and other women authors as brave pioneers, she encouraged them to keep writing so that through their voices, women can be heard and change brought about in our society.

Renthunglo Shitiri while speaking paid a tribute to her late mother to whom she has dedicated the book. Giving an insight into her works, she stated about how her poems are blatantly personal, wherein she writes about not just her personal experiences but of stories that she has heard and people that she has met. On a deeper level, she stated that poetry, “Poetry is not only about finding a medium to express myself but it also about exploring truths, the need to understand, the need to question why, and the need to make sense of this world we find ourselves in.”  Renthunglo Shitiri presented her book as “a celebration of the spirit that drives us to emerge nobly from the ashes of suffering and the experiences of life.” 

Dr. Wonjanbeni Yanthan, assistant professor Patkai Christian College chaired the book launch, while dedicatory prayer was given by Thenjamo Tsanglao, associate pastor, Lotha Baptist Church Dimapur, responses from Anjan Behera, Dr. Lanusangla Tzudir, publisher Heritage Publishing House, special number Brave by Ayangla Imsong, and a word of gratitude by father of the author, Dr. L. T. Tsanglao. 

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