Reviewing a Collection of Poems


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

injured fragile


and broke


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)

About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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8 Responses to Reviewing a Collection of Poems

  1. Thanks Katie for such a beautiful & honest review! I really liked it!

    Have a wonderful day!


    • Katie Hamer says:

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. I very much enjoyed reading your poems. I’ve shared your collection on Facebook. 🙂

      So, I just came in from a long day at work. Have my feet up and a cup of tea! Hoping your day is going well…

  2. Reblogged this on Paint the world with words and commented:

    A friend & fellow blogger Katie Hamer who blogs on reviewed my Poetry E-Book “Thoughtfully Crafted Words” today on her blog. As many of you may know, I launched this book last month on 9th of January, 2o14. The Book is a free poetry e-book & is available for download on
    Download “Thoughtfully Crafted Words”

    Also, one has to login with FaceBook/Gmail A/c to download it. I’ll be glad if you avail for a download!

    The Book has received over 500+ downloads, 1000+ reads & many compliments, 2 reviews. It has been liked by the masses & is a must have for any poetry lover as the poems are diverse in content, form and incorporate an easy read due to the interface, also the book format is adorable & simple. Anyone can easily associate with the poems and if you may like, you can share about it among your friends, so even they may enjoy and have a read.

  3. Topaz says:

    Oh, what a beautiful poem.

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