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Book Review: Muses of Wandering Passions, by Chimnese Davids

About the author:
Chimnese Davids is South African, accounts clerk, bookkeeper and freelance writer. Her first publication was with an online magazine Allthings Girl in 2010.She had also been published in two anthologies, Step Into My Shoes published through Jafansta. Inc in June 2011 and Love In Creativity, published through Jingle and Gooseberry Garden Community in March 2012. She was 12 years old when she started writing and won a contest in 1996. Her debuted poetry and prose collection, “Muses of Wandering Passions” is her first book published.

Impressions off the description:
A book of poems, that are supportive, giving hope and passion to those heartbroken, and expressing a belief that any broken heart is destined to heal, by understanding life through acceptance of sorrow.

My thoughts on the book:
Poetry is an art of the heart, I feel. Not to say that other arts aren’t, but when you write a poem, and when you do it because you want to and not have to, it comes out very beautiful and touches the heart of the reader. It’s like those words say what you wanted to.

Some wise man once said, “You must have felt pain in your life to write and understand the power of poetry.” Whereas I’m not completely agreeable to that notion, I think it holds true in the context of this book of poems by Chimnese. Each of the poems have a few drops of sorrow, if not a river.

The book is divided into seven parts.

Part 1: Spiritual Reincarnation – My favorite poem from this part is titled “Walking in the Rain”. I love this poem as it reminds me that the rain can be symbolic of His presence in our lives, as He tells us to move on past the pain. I love rains for another very personal reason, so I could relate with this poem because of that as well.

Part 2: A Heart Left in Vain – My favorite poem from this part is titled “Through your eyes”. Again, this is one I could relate to personally, and I’m sure a lot of us can as well. It’s a poem about our life changing after we met that someone special, one who made us better than we were before.

Part 3: Incandescent Darkness – From this section, I like the poem “The way she moved”. I like it for it tricks us into something else, and that leaves us surprised at the ending. The ending also gives us confidence and hope, and also understanding in no small amounts.

Part 4: Muses of Wandering Passions – I like the poem “Forever and almost” from this section. We may all have different muses for our wandering passions, but we have had that one special person in our life who we felt was only for us, only for fate to intervene. This poem is similar, and it gives a happy ending.

Part 5: The Poet’s Voice – “The Empty Vase” is one poem that is memorable. Again giving hope to the broken heart that a first breakup might not be the final ending always. This of course, might not be reality always, but I feel as poets, we look to be optimistic in this imagination.

Part 6: Pondering Heartbeats of Prose – This is a section of prosaic poetry. It wasn’t one of my preferred reads.

Part 7: Seasons – The poem on “Spring” is very understandable. The feeling of joyful, colorful, happy spring season after the cold, white and dull winter is something we all can relate to. Not only literally but also symbolically to say after heartbreak (the cold times of hopelessness), love will come into our life again (warmth and happiness).

Overall impressions:
Poetry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Chimnese Davids’ poetry is something that most of us might be able to understand and follow. What she has written is written from the heart. It not only shows the hurt of a broken heart but also an understanding touch that can heal that heart as well. There is depth, far more than I can gauge at times, but there is also simplicity. I don’t know if there is an award in her future, but I think she can be sure of getting a lot of rewards in the form of hearts that were healed atleast a little after reading the poetry.

A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: Muses of Wandering Passions
Author: Chimnese Davids
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: KREATIV SA
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Price: $0.99 / INR 56


The book is a personal copy. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Also for the Reading the Alphabet Challenge at A Bookworm’s Musing, First Reads challenge at b00k r3vi3ws and Mixed Variety Challenge at ALOP.

(February 1st, 2013)