In my last post published in 2017, I promised myself that I will read in the next 12 months more poetry. For the last year, my only book of poems I've read was by my dear friend Monica Bhide Telltales, whose lecture encouraged me to try more encounters with this literary genre I neglected so much lately.
After a poetry-less January, my chance for a qualitative change in February occured from the talented Priya Prithviraj, who shared recently on my blog her thoughts on the writing process. After a Young Adult novel, she published a short book of poetry, that I had the chance to read these days.
What is really special about this book is that it happily combines the poetry of the written word with the delicacy of the collage images, created by Niveditha Warrier. The beautiful images composed through words are kept alive and transformed through the language of images. The words are like touches of the brush on a canva, releasing feelings meeting vivid colours and creating worlds whose shapes are struggling to find their place on the canvas of the book page. Haiku-like, each page opens a door that encourages dreaming and emotions, telling stories of love and hope. The poetic stories are not complicated but complex and able to offer a different window into the worlds of ideas and emotions. Priya found a very genuine and original way to tell stories and hopefully she will continue to explore this universe by creating more poetic stories, encouraging the mind to fly far away, although for a short while, in a world of purple kisses and a life of colours.
Disclaimer: Book offered by the author in exchange for an honest review