“The scale and precision of imagery and rhetoric are very real. Doyali grapples with multitude of positions and scenarios but the sense of pacing is unique. Readers will not miss a feeling that poems, written in compressed manner, bleed with mystic love for Sufism and highlight the fundamental unity of all religions,” says poet K. K. Srivastava in his review of Doyali Farah Islam’s YŪSUF and the LOTUS FLOWER
Zafar, author of The Resurgence of Satyam published by Random House, India (2012) edits well- known literary journal KITAAB from Singapore. One of the laudable objectives of this journal is to introduce Asian writers to literary world. It surprised me when last year he offered to arrange for KITAAB an interview of mine by Russian poet Adolf P.Shvedchikov. Anonymity is a virtue that springs humble amazements. At least, sometimes. Last month, he asked me if I could undertake a review of a book of poems titled YŪSUF and the LOTUS FLOWER, a debut book by Doyali Farah Islam as published by Buschek Books Ottawa.