Tagore Award Winning Poem - 2019





Jury Panel - Remarks
Poetry is the language of the soul. So I believe. It is a language unto itself, growing like a solid tree from the soil of its birth in the poet’s being. For those who write in a second language, it is sometimes difficult to allow the soul to show as clearly and potently as one would like, as the poet struggles to find the best words to work for his or her deepest truth and power. In the case of the poem, Peace Treaty, a combination of humanity, global awareness of the fragility of life, and a sure handed command of the English language leads to a powerful cry for that desperately needed dream, “Peace.” (A tenuous and tragically difficult thing to obtain in our world.) As the American poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “ ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul.” As the author of Peace Treaty writes, “Then and only then, those who waged the war, and devastated a watchful humanity, will call the world to witness: history in the making.” Such writing comes from a commitment to a high purpose, a reach for hope, even in the present darkness,a delicate craft used for a difficult subject. It reaches directly to the soul of this reader. My appreciation and respect to the poet.
Margo Berdeshevsky [Jury - Paris, France]
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Poetry is power. It has the ability to make us smile, dance, reflect, grieve, reconsider, forgive, create bridges, tear down walls, encourage us to wage war, inspire us to work for peace. Peace Treaty is a powerful poem because it deftly and masterfully uses irony to help us see the dark, often unacknowledged reality of modern peacemaking, its hypocrisy, grim indifference to suffering and collateral damage as well as its contrived and cold hearted attempt at creating “history in the making"
Peace Treaty is an important poem in this era in which humankind has the power to either destroy itself by fostering war or evolve and flourish through fostering peace. The poem reminds us that we all need to see the consequences of conflict and understand that appearances can be deceiving: those who take credit for creating harmony may be the very ones responsible for initially destroying it. I believe this poem should be sent to every world leader and should be required reading for every human being. We are each responsible for creating a world empowered by peace.
Susan Rogers - [Jury - Los Angeles, California, United States]
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Peace Treaty is a poignant poem that talks of the insignificance of so called ‘Peace Treaty’ signed by the selfish and insensitive politicians after the devastation of war. The poet, Lozan Yamolky sharply ridicules the futility of a Peace treaty signed after a lot of loss to the mankind. The poet enlists the various kinds of devastation in the beginning of the poem and shows how a war plays havoc with the humanity. The word ‘Only after’ plays a very important role in the understanding of the poem. Such peace treaty is termed as ‘history in the making’ by these cunning politicians who only waged the war initially. It suggests that for them the devastation means nothing but the ‘Peace Treaty’ is going to change the world for them. Last line portrays a contrasting picture of the politicians wearing costly suits and ties getting ready to sign the PEACE TREATY smilingly embracing one another. The celebration is in the air forgetting the devastation of the war. It is after all ONLY AFTER the loss to the humanity at large. The poet has used simple words to create a contrasting picture.
Dr. Dushyant Nimavat [ Jury - Gujarat, India]
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I would like to redirect this poem from its original route to show it’s another dimension that is indirectly hinting each of us to act wisely, taking the responsibility on our shoulders other than just limiting this poem to few world leaders
Let me quote few lines that perhaps matches with the original poem like ‘a duet poem’...
"Only after fire reaching ones bedroom,
Only after our house is fully drowned and precious things are nowhere to be found,
Then, and then only
We will be shocked to know
That how beautiful is this 'Freely transiting universal matter called peace...' "
Let us believe in the power of words and its profound offshoots and fruits...here, this poem hints all writers about how poetry can be used or directed for a great or better cause than to use it for a petty time pass affair...the poem Peace-Treaty by Lozan Yamolky is thus a well built work made up of many layers in it.
I wish to add that the poem peace-treaty can be recited well too. If I am given the opportunity, I will give my best try on it…
Gopakumar Radhakrishnan [Founder - Rabindranath Tagore Award - International]