Book Review: Shimmering Chimes, by Maaya Dev

Reviewing a collection of poems is not an easy task. Many poets request not to edit poetry because what they write comes from their heart, and the language of the heart doesn’t usually have grammar or even rhythm, it just comes. And, more than any other genre, the poem is completed only by how the reader understands it. Be it beauty or depth, the interpretation of poetry is, in the end, different to each person who reads it. Maaya Dev’s collection of sixty poems is no exception to that, for some poems even read differently when I read them again. To choose a few favorites from that many poems is not that easy for me. But I shall try.

As a poet, the first poem I could relate to, and recollect after was the one titled, “The Birth of a Poem”.

Myriad thoughts were jostling
refraining, refreshing, reforming
with neither rest nor respite.

That quite summed up part of the experience of writing a poem, the initiating factor, and the umpteen thoughts that usually weave in and out of the mind and leave one pondering which to take and put it into words.

“Silence – The Beautiful Language” was another poem that I liked a lot.

In front of silence
Words are wrecked pearls
Mere shattered alphabets

At times, silence seems to be a more valuable companion to us than words or voices, and more comforting as well.

“Life’s Quest” was perhaps my favorite from the collection. In its wisdom, it spoke of the journey each of us takes, and the search for answers to questions.

Mind wanders
never stops pondering
over the mysteries
and complexities of life.

It goes on to express how life reacts to those ponderings, and I agreed with that notion. It felt true.

The word Maaya means magic, and the poems from this poetess do have magic in simplicity. If one just reads instead of understanding or enjoying the poem, it might feel dull or oversimplified. But once the depth is seen, and enjoyed, it feels more beautiful because it can be related to.

The blurb says, “This book is seeking, soothing, symbolizing, synthesizing, singing, shining, shivering, surviving, and synapse between shimmering and chimes.”

Well, it definitely has those qualities in the collection, and I enjoyed reading them.


The Bookworm Rates This: 4/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 4/5
Book Details
Title: Shimmering Chimes
Author: Maaya Dev Genre: Poetry
ISBN/ASIN: 9789352071104 Publisher: AuthorsPress

The author sent me a copy of the book for review. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.


(© 2nd December 2015)

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