Day: August 1, 2019
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Poetry is an inspirational and emotive format that allows writers to express a myriad of ideas and images percolating inside their minds. Balroop Singh takes this skill to new heights in her collection of poems entitled ‘Emerging From Shadows.’ This is the second book I’ve read from the author, but it will not be the last. I’ve previously read a non-fiction, self-help book focused on how to be a better person, and I’ve also perused many of her regular blog posts. If you’re looking for advice, beautiful imagery, or a wonderful spectrum of emotions, you should dive into her work.
The first thing that strikes me with many of these poems is the vocabulary. Singh has an immense handle on the English language; students and authors needing to expand their word choice and definitions would do well to read this book. Despite being well read and knowing many unusual and lesser-known words, Singh’s poems pushed me to look up many new words. In poetry, this is ideal, in my opinion. Sometimes the word choice is every bit as important as the rhyming, length of phrasing, or metaphors. By pushing our understanding of meaning and images, Singh has taken our experience to a new level in this collection.
One of my favorites, ‘In My Grave’ is lighter in terms of word choice but also had the more powerful images. Phrases such as: ‘I live unwanted inside my grave’ or ‘The choices were cryptically caustic’ or ‘The carcass waits, wilting without care’ stunned me for a brief time. The carcass, while potentially literal, is also figurative… shedding our past, ignoring the pain, etc. Great moments in this larger collection, and I really enjoyed being pushed to think harder and be more introspective in my analysis of relationships and everyday events.
A high recommendation for poetry lovers, and those looking to experience something from literature and words… 4.5 stars. Thank you for sharing this one, Ms. Singh.
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