From the preface of Muhammad Schanazar, Pakistani poet:
Maria Miraglia is an Italian Poetess. Thanks to the modern technology I had the opportunity to go through her poems and I was deeply impressed by her thoughts, the sensitive nature of her personality, and the style she puts the shining beads of words on the string. She has her own peculiar technique to articulate her spirited thoughts so forcefully and vehemently to astonish the reader that then for a while he stops to measures its profundity.
In her poems, Maria exhibited at large the colours of her thoughts very efficiently. The very first poem, Words is very striking, words hover around her like butterflies and she has to make a selection of the butterflies for her roses (poems). Some are captured in cages of her pages and the other fly away and, at a distance, they assume the shape of stars. This is a very thrilling imagery never seen in the books of literature I have read so far:
a few stay on my page caged
the others are there outside
gleaming stars dust
to fill the night air
Maria seems to be a master in depicting deep pensive and gloomy state of mind which is an essential part of human life and it can’t be refuted; she feels gloomy on seeing trees dresses when autumn approaches, birds fly away in search of warm climate and, on the other hand, an old man passes through the nude nature, engrossed in memories of the past and moves slowly to the uncertain future.
She again creates a very beautiful image overwhelmed with dejection. Maria is a very sensitive poetess, the changing weathers, mornings and evenings, stars and sky, people moving in the street, darkness and light, all objects affect her poetic mood. She takes the raw material of her poetry from the world that exists around her, then she like an artist moulds it into a splendid and significant piece of poesy. When we go through the lines, her inner being gradually reveals to us and each reading discloses a new aspect of her persona. She may be regarded a bud or rose, the tender and delicate convulsion of her inner existence blossoms with each gentle gust of the breeze.
Maria also writes splendid poems on love, her emotions gurgle smoothly from her heart, she is not callous to those who love her, being a poetess she feels their pangs and restlessness of their souls.
She regards love as the most essential sentiment of life:
Write for me a love poem
when the moon
her maids calls to stud
with shining pearls
the dark dome
Write for me a love poem
when the winds
gently move the treetops
Write for me words of love
when the waves
like joyful children
each other chase.
(…) The whole poem is a gem of poesy and a valuable addition in the treasure of literature.
In “Martyrs Of Human Foolishness” the poetess condemns violence, killing, carnage and bloodshed and she longs for peace in the world. Much has been written on the merciless assassination and brutal act of the terrorists at the Army Public School Peshawar (Pakistan) that happened on 16th December 2014, but as far as I know she is the first international poet who responded to the event and wrote the most splendid poem in English, after the colossal loss of Pakistani school children, I found it on the very next day, on the Italian website www.margutte.com. She very effectively assimilated in the poem the magnitude of pain; the very first lines are the most pathetic as well as shocking and the reader shudders at the most brutal deed:
Light lamps and candles
to show the way
to the Pakistani children
so they can as a flock of birds
fly to the Heaven.
Maria’s each poem individually is an ocean, only the daring reader may dive deep to bring out shining pearls of multifarious nature. Much can be said about her and her poetry, I hope that her poetry will attract the readers as well as the literary critics to probe her poetic soul. (…) May her poetic talent flourish more and more in the coming years.
Maria Miraglia, Jernail Singh Anand, Whispers from the Blue - Sussurri dal blu, India 2016
This is what the author says about her collaboration with co-author Jernail Anand:
«I had the pleasure to meet Dr Jernail Anand in India during the organization of peace projects. On those occasions we expressed the wish to write a poetry collection together. We both have always believed that there shouldn’t be divisions among the peoples, that in spite of cultural and religious differences it is possible to sing love, humanity and peace together. Whispers from the Blue comes from these ideals of ours, and today we are both happy to offer the reader this poetry collection, interpreting Indian spirit and Italian sensibility.
Jernail Anand was born in Punjab, India. He has a degree in English Literature and in 2000 he got a PhD in Philosophy. He is a well known and appreciated poet, environmentalist, philosopher and spiritualist. He has written more than forty books: poetry, essays, novels and spiritual works. He is the President of the International Observatory for Human Rights and was dean in Punja University for a long time.»
In Margutte: Poets of the World, Muhammad Shanazar, Pakistan
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