The NLP’s resident poet Jason launched his book of poems ‘Poetic Affusion’, to a packed audience in East London. Many of our regular readers will be aware of his poems published on the website, often on the themes of self-determination, governance and personal liberties.
His book however deals with many more issues related to the human condition; of romance, fear, poverty, war, and more personal feelings.
The audience was addressed by an array of speakers from life-long friends, to local councillors to political colleagues. Member of the NLP’s ruling Standing Committee, Graham Williamson, explained how they had met at a Tamil demonstration (against the Sri Lankan government’s genocidal actions in May 2009) and forged a friendship based on a belief in a peoples right of self-determination, a love of liberty and a desire to see power devolved to the people (via the Swiss model of Referendums & Initiatives – Jason had lived in Switzerland as a political refugee for a number of years). Ever since then Jason has written poems in support of the NLP’s campaigns. A number of these were read out but he concentrated on Jason’s introductions which explained the context and motivation. Yet, many of his poems were not in his first book and, as confirmed by Jason, there was plenty of material for a second. He read a popular poem entitled ‘I have a right to dream’ – for a livable nation of social justice, free of economic tyrants, and supra-national governments. He urged Jason to keep on dreaming and keep on writing!
Jason explained that much of his poetry stemmed from his life’s experiences but political or social protest was an important feature. He was prolific because he had ‘fire in his thought’ and so many issues in our complex fast moving world deserved comment. Apart from his second book of poems he was keen to publish one from ordinary members of his own Tamil community even if of a few lines each.
Hopefully, this ‘extraordinary’ man will grace our site for any years to come, inspiring and encouraging us to battle ‘against the system’ and to strive for a better nation.
A copy of the book can be obtained via Amazon (click on the right-hand bar).