It’s kind of easier to read poetry when you know the poet. At least, I’d like to think so. I’ve known Aparna since a decade, have at one time written poetry with her, and in reply to her. It was good to read her in print.
The book, 80 pages in all, is divided into sections, each seemingly in progression of stages of a journey many of us might relate to… Falling in love; It hurts; Moving on; Pick yourself up; Find yourself; Dancing to the tunes of my Heartbeat; For the love of the Written Word; and The Quest is never ending.
There are no titles for the poems, just numbering. I wish there were titles, then I could let you know my favourite poems easily. These are poems not necessarily in rhyme (some are). But each are beautifully expressive.
My favourite of all the poems was the last one in the penultimate section. I can relate to it often. Being a writer myself, that section was one I loved reading a lot. Another that brought a smile was the second poem in the first section.
Aparna takes me, the reader, through the set of emotions for sure. It’s one of the plus points of the book. A flipside perhaps is the overuse of ellipses (…), which I felt could have been avoided. I’ll definitely peruse some of my favourite poems from her book again.
Title: Poetry and Heart
Author: Aparna Gautam
No. of Pages: 90
Publisher: Notion Press
Rating: 7 out of 10