I feel Mr Rathore has a penchant towards Beverages, in general. His “Romance over Coffee” is just mind blowing. Hmmm…the smell of coffee has already entered my nostrils! So far, I have never come across a Writer who has written anything on Coffee. It’s a good combination of prose and poetry. It’s through his poems I have come to know the various types of coffee – “Rose, Cupid, Sizzling, Hearty, Moon-blanched, Hearts, Rose Blooming”, etc. A wide variety indeed! Just an imagination- if some Entrepreneur takes up his idea to offer this variety to the public. Now that will be an awesome business especially for the young as well as the middle aged and the older people. I
James Piatt offers a bejeweled imaginary and yet simply real world in his poetry; the portion of a grander scene that many of his works convey, his detail of each scene reminds me of the scope Jean Paul Sartre, the existentialist author of Nausea and The Sleep among other works, brought to his novels. And so he contrasts in Hovel of Sand, the ”bloody sand, scarlet carpeting” under the soldiers knees with the “dull, adobe bricks” and the smell of the devil’s breath with “the acrid aroma of death” :
In her collection of poetry “Flotsam of a Restless Mind”, Malini takes on the difficult subject of life circumstances that create sexual ambiguity; a women clearly possessed of gender identification that even provides marriage and offspring, forced by the shock of abandonment to assume the role of principal breadwinner and champion of spouse, child and thus family.
“BALLADRIES”, indeed is a bouquet of poetry expressed by different authors. It is a MUST READ! The best catch line in this book which caught my attention is a pertinent question raised to the readers is – “Are we made for the Universe? Or is the Universe made for us”. I feel Justin has given these lines a very profound spiritual meaning. The irony in Spirituality is that it is simple and complicated and difficult to understand. It left me mesmerized and I am still trying to find an answer to this question. If you guys find out, do let me know J.
Nikolas Macioci has succeeded in taking Mother Goose Rhymes and bringing them up to date in a highly professional, free verse, fashion. His changes allow the mind to see the enlarged view of the rhyme, and to see it in a modern environment or at least a manner that enlarges the understanding of the message.
The poet opens with existentialism for the 21st century. He wishes to explore as Nietzsche states and as he emphasizes “what creates Creation?” Poet Heath Brougher has adopted many of the values of existentialism examining both consciousness and experience. The following quote from Nietzsche much more eloquently states, this book is not meant to be understood by just “anybody”, it’s for others who are on a similar philosophical wavelength as Brougher himself states.
“The dreams return strong when I feel like I belong, the dreams return strong when shadows seem long” … I always have got fascinated by the word “Dream”. Vijaya has so vividly captured the true essence of this word because I think, like everyone, she too believes that Dreams can come true if there is a willingness to pursue them. I have always believed that Passion adds Life to our Lives and one of her Quotes say it – “Nourish and cherish your mind for it is the staircase to success, your hobbies infuse fresh air into your daily routine”. How marvellous!
A realization dawned upon me as I read them – “Ian indeed is a true Messenger of God!” His understanding about Spirituality is much evident in his poems on Mary, Mercy, Praying Hands, and When I met Jesus. I would urge the readers to pay special attention to – “In faith if I cling to Him, in moments dreary and dark, His grace will lift me, and help me sing like a lark”, the lines he has penned in his poem on Faith.
It was indeed a delightful experience to go through the poetry collection of Sumirasko. It will not be out of place to mention that all the hard work of writing 226 poems demands appreciation. Rose, in itself, exudes its own beauty and grace but a garden full of roses soothes the eyes. In the same way, Sumirasko’s bountiful poems will be a treat to the readers.