Thoughtfully Crafted Words
A collection of poetry by Amreen Shaikh
Poet Amreen Shaikh has devised this collection of poems in order to “cast happiness and fervour” into the lives of poetry lovers from every walk of life.
She has experimented with an interesting mix of poetry forms, including the Japanese Haiku and Senryu, and the less well known (to me at least) African American Eintou. Very helpfully, she gives a little tutorial at the back of the book, explaining all the forms used.
Her collection touches on a variety of themes. If I were to find a common theme to unite them, it would be this: the beauty and fragility of nature, and of human relationships.
A highlight of the collection, for me, is a poem entitled “Withered Relations” taking the form of a Nonet:
“Withered leaves of autumn cannot breath
freshness in its dead soul with the
dawn of spring. Likewise, good times
can never mend the ache
of wounding words which
Much thought has been placed into the layout of these poems, and the photos that accompany them. Again, many of the photos/illustrations reflect the passing beauty of the natural world.
This book would make a lovely gift for any fan of poetry. You can read one poem, at a time, in any order of your choosing. You can savour the carefully selected lines and phrases, and explore the themes, in a quiet moment of contemplation. In my opinion, nothing enhances my enjoyment of life than seeing the world through new eyes, through the eyes of a poet.
This book is available for download:
(Can be downloaded by FB/Gmail a/c)