Book Review: “The Wail Of The Woods” by Zakir Malik

The Wail Of The Woods by Zakir Malik

“The Wail of the Woods” by Zakir Malik is a collection of poems, encompassing around hundred poems that highly bridge the grounds of hope, affliction, antagonism, containment and the margins of distress.

The book is intellectually twisted with deep thoughts of the uprising that fills the inward fractions of a person to dream with new hope and devotion.

Zakir has portrayed the images of bloodshed that have been violating the circumstances of the Valley for decades. The poems inside the book deeply touch the pain of dwellers of the Valley. As a poet, I realized that he has narrated the tenderness of every person who undergoes and experiences death every day.

Poetry often gives some specific and definite insights of living and sheer imagination but the attempts that the author has bewildered me. I came up with the realization of a fantastic artist who can sum up the intense message with beautiful diction and taste of language.

The book not only reveals the artistic approach to readers but also lays bare far-reaching outlook of his philosophy itself. The multiple prospects in the verses inside the book have successfully won the interests of the audience and greatly met up the expectations of the readers hungry for quality literature.


The most beautiful grip that Zakir has on his reader’s psyche of ‘what next’ takes the book to the highest horizons of wisdom and courage.

Most of the poetry books let us surge into skies while our closed eyes dream but the poems in “The Wail of the Woods” penetrate deep inside the soul and compel the reader to rise with sky-touching dreams and hopes. Moreover, Zakir Malik succeeds to leave the listeners with ears of passion, eyes of longing and flow of unbridled tongue.

Reading this book will definitely coerce the reader to resemble the work with many famous bards, although there are poems that take one to the world of the uprising with soul and body. I smelt the taste of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Iqbal and Ibne Arabi in the verses of the author.

A writer should make the strong endeavour to bring forward the novel familiarity to the audience and this is the book that gives the reflection of oceanic rapture and absolute wisdom to move on.

I strongly believe that author is going to be counted in the iconic writers of Kashmir in the years ahead as his work will definitely rock in every nook of the world. I pay my hearty gratitude to him and wish him the best future ahead.

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About Zakir Malik:

Zakir Malik, a young 24-year-old from the famous town Trehgam of frontier district Kupwara, is very enthusiastic about poetry, and other condensed, precision-based technical writings. Author’s interest moves from Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science to Politics and Philosophy in Islam, Peace and Conflict studies.

Zakir started his reflections of ideas, thoughts on paper since his early childhood. The author spins his taste in Philosophy, Political Science and the Islamic Philosophy. He is deeply influenced by the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Agha Shahid Ali, John Milton, Socrates and Kahlil Gibran.

Apart from poetry, the author is a freelance writer, columnist and a social activist. The author completed his Masters from Indira Gandhi National Open University and is presently hounding PhD in Political Science.

Book: The Wail of the Woods

Genre: Poetry

Author: Zakir Malik

Publisher: The Indian Wordsmith

Year of Publication: 2019

ISBN: 978-81-944935-2-5

Pages: 117

Price: ₹300 / $4.10

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Qasim Kashmiri
Qasim Kashmiri is a poet, novelist and social activist. He has authored many poetry books including 'Secret of Dark Nights', 'Behind The Veil' & novel 'The Ashes'.
book-review-the-wail-of-the-woods-by-zakir-malikA writer should make the strong endeavour to bring forward the novel familiarity to the audience and this is the book that gives the reflection of oceanic rapture and absolute wisdom to move on.


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