Reading poetry books is not something that I do very often. I enjoy poetry, but, I am not someone who has an indepth knowledge of the various poetic forms. Hence, when I was asked to review Sanober Khan’s Turquoise Silence, I readily agreed.
The poems in this book are in the form of free verses, i.e., they do not follow any particular rhyme, meter or other musical pattern. Spontaneity is a key factor when it comes to free verses and Sanober does an excellent job in maintaining the spontaneity in all her poems. The words seem to flow effortlessly without any glitches.
Sanober’s poems deal with emotions – emotions dealing with poetry, the moon, memories, wishes, seasons, senses and many other aspects that we come across in our lives. The metaphors used to convey the underlying emotions bowled me over, my favourite being “I begin as a single snowflake and end in an avalanche” from the very first poem, Poetry In My Heart (Page #7).
If I have to handpick 5 poems that I read and re-read many times, they would be:
Poetry In My Heart (Page #7)
Let Me Die (Page #35)
All Things Past (Page #40)
To The World (Page #65)
Night Soul (Page #67)
There are a few things that, personally, bothered me a little. Firstly, at many places, the “I” is in lower case. Secondly, the use of ellipses was overdone at many places. I wish these minute details could be taken care of, because, they stand out evidently in free verse poems.
Overall, I must say I enjoyed reading the book. If I have to rate the book, I would give it 3.75 stars out of 5.
A poet writes a poem keeping one thought in mind, whereas, when it reaches the audience, it is interpreted in many different ways and that is the beauty of poetry. As Sanober puts it rightly, poetry is mystical at its best. I wish Sanober the very best for all her future ventures as a poet.
Rating – 3.75 out of 5.
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