Word Posse by Rashid Osmani
Sufi Style Short Poems to Amuse & Entertain

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The curious ironies of retirement. The unspoken pains of false love. The bad side of doing good. In his illuminating collection of short, yet deeply reflective poems, Rashid Osmani makes magnificent use of the Sufi tradition of verse to cast shimmering new light on modern-day emotions with poems of rich insight and powerful resonance that belie the brevity of their words.

Word Posse: Sufi-Style Short Poems to Amuse & Entertain is the poet's snapshot of thoughts and feelings about issues most of us face in a modern, connected world. Thought-provoking and frequently light-hearted, this deeply personal, refreshingly original collection explores common life experiences, from romantic disillusionment to political perplexity. Many of the poems are anchored in Sufism, an eclectic interpretation of Islam with emphasis on humanity and tolerance.

Osmani, an engineer by profession, was drawn to writing poetry after a near-death experience. His short poems are particularly suitable for today's world of abbreviated attention spans. In this collection, forty of his works are organized into six categories: Light-Hearted; Love - Real and Fake; Human Nature; Political; Heart and Soul; and Philosophical. In the first poem, "Word Posse", from which the collection draws its title, the speaker describes how words are organized similar to a posse, in order to track down elusive thoughts and imprison them in poems. The poem "4th Quarter" takes a more somber tone, as it was inspired by a nursing home visit. "Petrified Pet" is in a lighter vein, as the speaker views his own body as a pet. Explanatory notes are provided for each of the poems as well as enlightening comments posted by other poets.

Written in a unique freestyle form, with little emphasis on rhyming, the poems encourage readers to think a little more deeply about the chosen subjects. Anyone searching for greater meaning in their lives will find much to ponder in these soul-stirring works.

About Rashid Osmani

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Rashid Osmani is an engineer by profession and has been a Vice President of Engineering at major US corporations. He was born and raised in Hyderabad, India and holds two masters' degrees in electronics and telecommunications. He has thirteen US patents and two professional awards. He has also published several technical papers in his field of work. Not your stereotypical poet, he believes that real poetry emanates from the heart of a poet and touches readers' hearts. He started writing poetry in 2009 after recuperating from a near-death experience that required emergency heart surgery. Before this incident, he had no interest in poetry. He serves as a moderator on a poetry website and has lived in the Chicago area with his family for over thirty years. He is married and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and going for long walks.
Published October 1, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 151 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their comments appear here, so when reading these Sufi-style poems, one gets a communal sense of the poems by flipping to the back and reading the feedback and questions.

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