||Crystal Dreams Publishing
||Apr 1 2002
Vignettes - a journey through memories, is a collection of 50 poems written over a period of 10 years. It is a walk through the days of the poet, the world around him through his eyes and translated into words.
Vignettes are a very visual collection of words etched carefully, it is not a collection to be read in a hurry, it is to be savored, reread and enjoyed. Every time you read the verses you will discover a part of you reflected in its deep stillness. From the very first poem - Mornings, the collection takes you through a kaleidoscope of emotions, taking you with every passing page closer to the authors mind. The book ends with a promise of the author returning with more of his work in the future.
Mornings, the mists of the ended dreams,
beckoning, calling from within,
The rain, splattering a million drops
Into the expanse of the world
Awakening, the instant realization of the world around.
The chirping of a sparrow and the wetness of a pet dog's nose.
The young golden sun drops prancing on the dew covered sand.
Impaling itself on the tender morning glories.
Slowly coming back to the real world,
The screams coming from the yet tired body.
Each moment, movement enticing, inviting,
For another hour's sleep.
a beautiful collection
Sunil has produced a beautiful book of free verse poetry. It's not an easy quick read because it delves (as the title states) into the poet's memories and images in his mind.
Sunil deftly produces verbal images of the world around him in his native India. The poems reflect the people, places, and his emotions as a struggling poet. I particularly liked the poem "The Poet" because it expressed the frustrations that I often feel when faced with an empty page and images that I cannot express to the outside world. "Death of a Day" is a short analogy of a day from dawn to sunset compared to a human life. I found this to be an intriguing and thought provoking concept. Sunil's poem "Every Moment" sums up his love of writing poetry when he says quote:
Every moment is an Author
Every moment a poet
My Stay, my youth, my identity"
He aptly ends this charming book with a promise of more to come:
"I continue my pursuit of verses."
A great addition to anyone's poetry collection. Highly recommended
Vignettes exposes the power, sensitivity, and depth of the writer's soul beautifully described in words of gossamer fibers. A truly spiritually enriching experience.
Whenever hubris effects me, I will be content to know that I have known you, Sunil and your work.
In Vignettes, A Journey Through Memories, the talented Indian poet Sunil R. Nair has collected 50 evocative poems. The poems varied subjects include relationships, the harshness of life, human emotions, poverty, hope, and living life with passion, yet common threads of imagery and tone wind throughout, unifying the collection.
Nair writes with a fresh perspective on everyday subjects, bringing
Them to life with vivid descriptive imagery. Images of nature feature
prominently in the poems--flowers, rocks, storms, colors, and especially water. "Like flowers in a temple/scattered at the altar/rays of light/playing truant on the waters." He courageously explores both human failings and experiences we can all relate to and the more personal experience of writing, of exposing part of one's soul to the world.
The philosophical musings in the poems show Nair's unique view of life. The poems flow easily from page to page, and the slow pace inspires contemplation and reflection. "Yes, I am monumental./not of cement, stone or of architectural grandeur./Am a person standing at crossroads with myself./Land marking epochs in lives of many/Yet crumbling slowly to meet the dust." Several poetic gems in Vignettes particularly impressed me.
Readers will find Vignettes an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
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Reader Reviews for "Vignettes - a journey through memories"
|Reviewed by Mukesh Bhat
|Great read. loved the book|