GUWAHATI, May 18 � A comprehensive collection of the works of eminent poet Nilmani Phookan was formally launched in Guwahati on Thursday.
The volume, Nilmani Phookan Rasanawali, edited by Sonit Bijoy Das and Munin Bayan, has been published by city-based Katha Prakashan.
Releasing the book at the Katha office, Phookan said that time has passed by in preparation and anticipation. Describing the poet as a tortured human being, he mentioned that the search for words to articulate thoughts was in itself a difficult process.
Interacting with his admirers during the launch of the 800 page book, Phookan referred to the Assamese as a rich language, and also expressed his inability to master it. He wished that he could be more familiar with the land and the people of Assam.
Well known critic Prabhat Bora speaking on the occasion mentioned that there was limited use of symbols in Phookan�s poetry, but the entire poem at times appeared as a symbol.