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Omer Tarin

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Omer Tarin
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Born1967 (1967)
Peshawar, Pakistan
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Poet, writer

Omer Tarin (born 1967), also spelled Omar Tarin[1], is a Pakistani poet.

Career and poetry[edit]

Tarin was born in Peshawar in North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).[2]:vi He was educated at the Burn Hall School (now Army Burn Hall College), Abbottabad and the Aitchison College, Pakistan, prior to graduating from the University of the Punjab, Lahore.[3] He has published five volumes of poetry in English, including A Sad Piper (1994), as well as poems published elsewhere later.[4] From 2008 to 2015 he ran an education institute in Northern Pakistan.[5]

Omer Tarin's poetry is deeply influenced by the mystic tradition of the Sufi and Bhakti poets[6][7][8][9] Tarin has also an interest in and Japanese Culture and haiku and Buddhism.[10][11] One of Tarin's early poetic mentors was Taufiq Rafat, one of the pioneers of English poetry in Pakistan/South Asia,[12] and a scholar of Punjabi Sufic poetry.[13] Tariq Rahman has commented on Rafat's influence on Tarin and has said that "a certain force of vitality" and creative "intensity" is to be found in Tarin's writings.[14]

According to some critics Tarin's poetic style is marked by 'evocative imagery'[15] and a 'musical quality'[16].


Tarin's publications include:

  • A Sad Piper: Poems (1994 first edition) ISBN 969-8127-03-8 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Anvil of Dreams: Poems (1995) ISBN 969-8127-04-6 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Burnt Offerings, Poems (1996) ISBN 969-8127-07-0 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Harvest Season of Love Songs: Poems (1997) ISBN 969-8127-11-9 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Riverbeds Flowing: Poems (1999; reprint 2009) privately published in limited editions
  • Sepoys and Sowars: Historical Essays (2000) ISBN 969-814-01-07 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Selected Shorter Essays (2011) ISBN 978-1-105-15532-1 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • From Hill and Plain: Selected Short Stories (2011) ISBN 978-1-105-18623-3 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

See also[edit]

  • Pakistani poetry
  • List of Pakistani writers
  • List of Pakistani poets


  1. "WorldCat identity n99011238".
  2. Tarin, Omer (1994). A Sad Piper. Islamabad: Leo Books. ISBN 9698127038. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Luminita Karim, article on Omer Tarin in Weekly Featured Poetry Review, in "The Muslim" daily, Islamabad and Lahore ed, 28 October 1994, p. 18
  4. "Journeying". Muse India. No. 73. May 2017. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  5. See 'The News' international daily, Omer Tarin's Literary comments/Book review The News International, Islamabad, Pakistan ed 27 June 2010; also see the Prachya Review, online ed of Sept 2015, which gives the information that Omer Tarin ran a small research and educational institute, no name of the institute is given
  6. Ayesha Sadozai. Safar-Namah by Omer Tarin: A Critical Note, in Ellipsis literary magazine, Vermont, USA 2013.p 18
  7. "Sufi Poetry of Hazrat Syed Meher Ali Shah". Muse India. No. 73. May 2017. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  8. Mazhar ul Islam, in the Foreword to ‘The Harvest of Love Songs’ , Islamabad, 1997, ISBN: , p ix
  9. Luminita Karim, 'The emotive poetry of a moved soul' , Featured Review in 'The Muslim' Islamabad and Lahore edition, 28th October 1994, as cited above aa
  10. The Mainichi shimbun, Japan, issue of 15 August 1998; present Japanese website http://mainichi.jp
  11. Also see comparison/mention of Buddhism/the Buddha imagery in the Gandhara civilization of South Asia in Omer Tarin’s poem ‘Gandhara, at the Taxila Museum’ (from The Anvil of Dreams, 1995) and Zulfikar Ghose’s[dubious ] work on a similar theme. In Mansoor Abbasi, Introduction to the monograph ‘’Zulfikar Ghose: The Lost Poet of the Punjab’’. Cambridge UK: Cambridge UP, ISBN 9781443879774 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png., page 12
  12. A Review of Pakistani poetry with special reference to Rafat Retrieved 4 December 2015
  13. Tarin, "Taufiq Rafat: In Memoriam", obituary in The Pulse weekly, Islamabad, 30 Sept-6 Oct 1998, n.p
  14. See Dr Tariq Rahman, Review of Omer Tarin's poetry in the Section 'Pakistani Literature in English' in 'The News' international, Islamabad ed, Pakistan, 6 December 1996
  15. Muneeza Shamsie , Dawn daily, annual literary review (Round Up) , Karachi, Pakistan 30th December 1994, aa
  16. Prof Dr Eric Cyprian, Review in daily the 'Muslim', Lahore edition, 7th July 1995, p 7

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