(Book Review) Songs of a Solitary Tree: Graphical Verses of Sublime Snippets, by Arun M Sivakrishna

Simplicity and poetry don’t always seem to go together. In fact, I’ve seen very few poets stay simple when it comes to expressing the sublime. And I agree, it depends on the style of the poet how the verse is put across. If it doesn’t dilute the intent of the verse, I feel it is beautiful. After all, to quote Rita Dove, “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.”

Arun M Sivakrishna brings sixty poems through his book ‘Songs of a Solitary Tree: Graphical Verses of Sublime Snippets’. The cover art is beautiful and draws me into the book. No doubt that each of the verses has its own beauty, but the beauty is layered. At times, it cannot be seen on the first read or even understood. But it gives room for thought and pushes me into reading it again. These poems are mostly what happen in life itself, not concocted purely out of imagination. They are emotional, deep, observational and more, but it’s not in a way that the emotion we feel reading it overwhelms the beauty of the poetry itself.

The first poem ‘It Happens Just Like That’, to me, expressed a moment where all seems to go wrong. In that moment, we don’t feel like searching for hope, but instead see what is hopeless and imagine that in detail; and yes, it is almost involuntary, that reaction, so it definitely happens just like that. ‘Yep, They Are In Love’ brings out the feeling of freedom the two hearts feel when the love is new found. The poet compares the feeling to flight, and does it brilliantly. ‘Ginger Lime Tea’ talks of a break up, but rather than say it, it shows. I liked the ending to this piece particularly.

Reading poetry with a dictionary in hand is not something I like, and sometimes, this book did make me reach for one. It breaks the flow of thoughts, but I don’t think that this is a general opinion by any means, and other readers might certainly love the experience. A bit of proofreading might help make the poetry better without changing much of what is written.

All in all, the book does leave an impression on me as a reader after the reading is complete. From the cover art to the depth of poetry, I believe the poetry holds merit and I hope that the book brings the poet the success he merits too.


A score of 8 out of 10
A score of 8 out of 10
Book Details
Title: Songs of a Solitary Tree: Graphical Verses of Sublime Snippets
Author(s): Arun M Sivakrishna Genre: Poetry
ISBN/ASIN: 9781482838534 Publisher: Partridge Publishing

The author gifted me a copy of this book for review, and no other payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© 17th March 2016)

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