“White Spirit,” a collection of 20 poems written over a span of twenty years by Susan Waten was released by O. P Bharati, Regional Director of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, during the four-day Theatre Festival, Natyanjali, on July 6 at Dimapur.
“White Spirit” is an experimental work, written and spoken through the lives of many characters – men, women, children, and even silence. It deals with the unending knots of human relationships and is a foray into new age spirituality and mysticism. It is a bold and artistic exploration into human nature, into the psychic universe, and further into the realm beyond the tangible, that is, into transcendence and eternity. The book also depicts an enquiry into the dark recesses of the human heart and mind in relation of moral, ethical and spiritual links set by transcendental authority. Besides her academic background in English Literature, she has completed a master degree each in theology and advanced Christian studies.
The foreword is written by Robin Das, an eminent Theatre Educationist and leading Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi. Robin comments that there was something “sublime” in her poems, capable of evoking a deep nostalgia of something elusive and of stirring the inner spirit self inherent. Yet he said that beyond the “mystical curtain,” there was the underlying layer of the living and of life.
The book is priced at Rs 200/- and is available in Paradigm Book House, Circular Road, Don Bosco School junction, Dimapur. The poet Susan Waten is a writer and newspaper columnist. She is also the founder of HAWA, a society for the creative expression of writers and artists. She is a graduate of St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai and a postgraduate in English Literature from the University of Mumbai.