21 Aug 2016

It takes effort to create and courage to release it

It's always harder upon the creator, the party that has taken the bold step to present one's work to everyone. The party that has taken the step to present one's work is vulnerable to any sort of reception that may come one's way. It requires courage to take that risk and plunge through with resolve.

The audience, critics and reviewers are shielded in the shadows of their collective anonymity, based on their sheer numbers. For those more intellectual ones, reinforced by their scholarly attainments, it is akin to a licence with which to cross examine and go over with a fine tooth comb every aspect of the work in question, presented to them. It does not take much courage to criticise and review. However the difference between a good review and a bad one is reflected by the effort expended and substance behind the verdict.

Even so, I'd rather be the creator and generator. You get used to that vulnerability. You do not feel the sudden surging frisson brought on by the realisation of the impact of this act of risk taking upon one's reputation because it is something that you have thought through thoroughly.

14 Aug 2016


The global warming effect is undeniable. Everywhere there are reports of unusual weather and warmer than average temperatures. Floods, droughts, baking temperatures, falling crop yields, price hikes, suffering of the general populace. Regular weather patterns become irregular. Just the thought that humanity has made a mess of its own habitat is horrifying. I set out to write a poem and ended up with this composition. It's urgent that humanity arrests itself and corrects the course that we have taken. Assuming that there are other extra terrestrial beings, I don't think as intelligent beings, we'd want to be known as the silliest lot in the universe.

Redemption (clarion call to Humanity)

How we overlook might of Creation!
How light and shadow bring fruition!
Wrapped up so with the day’s business
Oblivious to all we bear witness

Circadian cycle of miracles
That render all around possible
Dark and cold, light and heat, come and go
Night curtains set in motion dawn’s glow

We forgot to treasure constancy
We forgot to cherish normalcy
A greater hand overall dictates
Yet the unmindful mind hesitates

Need we wait for nature to rebel
Before we see our errors swell?
There’s still redemption for us in sight
If we waken soon to turn the tide

Copyright Dominae Primus

All rights reserved. 2016

1 Aug 2016

Artistic Responsibility

If literature can offer a way out of a mess rather than just relating a mess, then art is taken to a higher level. Art imitating life isn’t enough. If art offers a way out of a morass be it human, conceptual, moral etc. when it is bold enough to offer its own solutions, however imaginative, it offers a glimmer of hope to a practical resolution in the future. Art, beyond escapism that offers a solution to particular issues that fascinate the artist, should resonate in some way with its audience.