Omer Tarin

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Omer Tarin
Born 1966
Peshawar, Pakistan
Occupation Poet,writer, scholar, mystic
Period 1992-present

Omer Tarin (real name Omer Salim Khan), born 10 March 1966, is a well-known Pakistani poet, writer and scholar[1]. He is also considered a mystic and Sufi thinker.

Background and career[change | edit source]

Tarin was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, in a well-educated and elite feudal family. He was taught at the Burn Hall School, Abbottabad, the Aitchison College, Lahore, and the University of the Punjab, Lahore.[2] He later got university degrees in the United Kingdom. After teaching as a full-time college and university lecturer for many years in Islamabad and Lahore, Tarin then returned to his native Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and started various social assistance and charitable projects there[3] in addition to managing his own property matters. He is also active in research and environmental studies and also makes occasional socio-political comments on global affairs in the media[4].

Poetry[change | edit source]

He has published several collections of poetry. Some of his work has been also published in the UK, the USA and other countries[5]. His poetry is said to have a unique mystic, transcendental tone and vivid imagery[6]. It reflects certain basic, recurring qualities such as a broad, universal humanity; a mystical regard for nature, life and the universe;[7] a sense of the frailty of human existence and a continued concern with the central issues of life/death and immortality[8]. These matters also inform his style, and the system of symbolism and images that consequently arises from this, via which "...new patterns emerge in our perception of the world, of creation, of ourselves and our motivations"[9].

Books[change | edit source]

Tarin's major publications include[10]:

  • Spirals:Essays in Criticism (1992)
  • A Sad Piper:Poems (1994 first ed)
  • The Anvil of Dreams:Poems (1995)
  • Burnt Offerings, Poems (1996)
  • The Harvest Season of Love Songs:Poetry (1997)
  • Sepoys and Sowars: Historical Essays (2000)
  • Riverbeds Flowing:Selected Poems (2005)
  • Selected Shorter Essays (2011)
  • From Hill and Plain:Selected Short Stories (2011)

References[change | edit source]

  1. Full Wikipedia article on Omer Tarin, retrieved 20 October 2012
  2. Interview with Poet Omer Tarin, November 2011, retrieved 20 October 2012
  3. Report Abbottabad weekly, Vol 2, No 16, March 2011
  4. BBC Comment Pages Retrieved 27 October 2012
  5. Open Library Catalog for several editions of Omer Tarin's works Retrieved 25 October 2012
  6. See Ahmad Zafar, Review in Frontier Post Lahore ed, 12 May 1995, p 15; and Mazhar ul Salam, Preface to the collection 'Harvest Season of Love Songs', 1997, p. xi ISBN 969-8127-11-9
  7. Dr S Duvenant Review Review Retrieved 2 Nov 2012
  8. Prof E Cyprian, critical review of Omer Tarins poetry, in daily The Nation, Islamabad aand Lahore, Pakistan, 16 July 1995
  9. Dr Acantha Gulzar, Review, Acantha Gulzar Review Retrieved 9/11/2012
  10. See previous footnote 5 reference from the Open Library Catalog for full details