Nude Melodies, NilavroNill Shoovro
Review by Shulamit Sapir-Nevo
NilavroNill Shoovro is a ‘Don Quixote’ who is naive and romantic. He insists on fighting for one love that ended but he declares that he will not replace it with another love and that he will wait forever. Is he an innocent and idealistic person who fights for the love of his woman in a hopeless war?
NilavroNill Shoovro, a soloist poet, a lonely poet in the jungle of life.
He is a vagabond, a revolutionary, a fatal lover.
NilavroNill Shoovro is a poet who opens his heart completely and reveals his secrets. A poet whose screaming pain cannot be cured.
And all his treasures are the words of his poems.
He distributes them generously and invites you to look at them.
You will meet all the colors of emotions there, but mainly the hard and painful truth. The truth of loneliness.
The poet reached the top of the mountain- the mountain of
isolation and solitude. There is only one room for one person, who is walking in his own sense of time “inside my own clock”. But in almost every poem of the poet, which is full of sadness and pain, there is a small line of comfort such as, “smiling moon”, which adds a touch of gentle beauty to the scene.
P 16 “But for the love of a woman”
“A woman is a woman, a woman
Creating the human world…
A woman is a woman, a woman
Bearing the pain of the creator…”
This is one of the most amazing poems. The poet glorifies the woman at the level of divinity. Worshiping her superpowers, on the other hand, he reduces himself to the rank of a parasite whose entire existence depends on the woman. The reader will probably wonder where has all the male ego gone. Why does the poet self-deprecate himself to such a level as a nasty little creature, a parasite, who lives at the expense of others? What is this excessive modesty? The poem was indeed written from a place of admiration for the woman, her enormous value, her capacity for suffering, and her contribution to humanity,
but what is this exaggeration to lower himself to the level of a parasite?
Suddenly it pops up like magic, the poet makes a sharp 180-degree turn. and waves the wand of his masculinity, the wand in which he creates a woman. The erect phallus with which he controls the woman, her passions, and her existence, and with it he creates new life in her. The poet repeats this over and over again for all his wonders.
” And I, the eternal parasite. Have taken her
In between the legs defying her eternal dreams
And I, the eternal parasite. Have driven her
In between the legs, capturing the whole eternity”
“Nude Melodies” promises true poems, revealing poems, no masks. The poet is ready to put his soul naked on the table and let the reader see and travel in his secrets in his sorrows, his loneliness, his fears, and his questions about life. He lets you into his most intimate experiences and thoughts.
In the poem “But for the Love of a Woman” you can hear as well the melodies and the rhythms of the poet.
Already, from the first brief look at “Nude Melodies,” I can see so many great poems that deserve mention. Each one of them is a journey in itself. To cover them all would take an entire book of its own.
Therefore I have chosen only a few poems to write about.
There are many love poems in this book if not all of them in one way or another.
Talking about lies, betrayals, rage, and anger, there you can find “silent wounds” and “pains that have nowhere to reach”, And despite all that the poet says,
“But I the idiot, like uprooted trees
still waiting for her approaching hands…”
In another amazing poem,
“Let me suffer again” ( p 26).
“I wouldn’t like to read any story
Which never paints her life
Don’t light up any lighthouse
Which never shows her footprints”
It’s all about her. About total love. About a man who declares that he doesn’t seek to cure himself from that love “Don’t let me lost in any other lust. “ He is ready to suffer again. He doesn’t look into a new future, new love.
P 44 “The Lost Identity”
This poem talks about intimacy, longing, and a sense of destiny. The language used is metaphorical and abstract, creating a dreamlike atmosphere.
“I know you’re walking still
matching your steps with mine
side by side and every day”
The poem starts by emphasizing the idea of shared experiences and companionship. The two individuals are walking together, their steps synchronized, signifying a close bond. They find comfort and belonging in each other.
“I know you still blush before,
whenever you desire me within
on top of each other every night”
Here, there is a strong emotional connection, that indicates a deep physical and emotional intimacy. The poem delves into themes of intimacy, unity, and a sense of surrender to a powerful emotional connection. The language and imagery used are quite symbolic, contributing to a dreamy and contemplative tone.
“I know, you know the secret truth
The true password of the universe, then
You conquer me only with a simple kiss…”
“The act of “conquering” with a “simple kiss” shows that this intimate connection has the ability to transcend and influence the poet’s entire being.
In many of those love poems, the poet reflects on their journey, likening it to a “long road of empty steps.” The night is now a “long night of monologue,” emphasizing the solitude with a sense of unresolved emotions and difficult experiences.
P 63 “The Year Is Ending”
“The year is ending Would you miss me at all
like you miss your lost memories
Unlike those in the friend list Remorseless like the eraser.”
This poem talks about the yearning for a genuine relationship, while in the background there are memories that have an emotional impact. It highlights the contrast between deep emotional ties and more superficial relationships, while also touching on the desire for artistic recognition. The repetition of phrases and comparisons emphasizes the poet’s emotions and adds a sense of longing and introspection to the poem.
“The year is ending
Would you read my poems anymore?
like you read the gospel truths,
Unlike those in the friend list
Never read my poems like you”
The comparison to “those in the friend list never read my poems like you” underscores the poet’s unique appreciation for the recipient’s engagement with his/their art.
In his poems, the poet often shifts to transformation and introspection which reflect a journey through different stages of life, experiences, and emotions, from memories and tragedies to blind faith and dreams. This section captures the complex and multifaceted nature of a person’s growth and experiences.
P 102 “Waiting In Exile”
The poem paints a picture of unrequited love, emotional distance, and a longing for recognition and connection. The poet’s feelings of neglect and being left out. It captures the complexities of human relationships, miscommunication, and the emotional impact of feeling separated from someone who is supposed to be close.
“How do you write a poem
Without any love for me”, ”
The poet is questioning how she/the woman that he loves, could create something as personal as a poem while seemingly lacking any affection or love for him.
“Look at those words, you select
Frozen in shame being selected”
The poet chose words to evoke feelings of coldness, isolation, and embarrassment, reflecting the emotional state of the poet, feeling of betrayal.
“How do you live with you with your poems
Without ever living with me”
Here is the perceived inability of the poet to truly understand her behavior. That shows a lack of shared experiences and emotional intimacy. But still, in spite of all, and just like in some other of the poet’s poems, there is hope and a prayer, that highlight the sense of anticipation and waiting experienced by the poet.
“Look at those poems, you wrote
Waiting forever for me to read…”
How shall I summarize the book, “Nude Melodies” by NilavroNill Shoovro? It is impossible! This is a sea of love with all the emotions. Every feeling is there, the sadness, the heartbreaking, the sigh, the loneliness, and the chasing memories. But there are also scenes of sweet moments and optimistic expectations- the endless hope for love and relationships.
This book has simplicity and wisdom. It has depth and mystery, amazing metaphors, and combinations of words that create live images. There is a variety of emotions that are played on stage without masks. This is a unique book of poetry that has a beginning and no end, just like eternal and total love.