4 out of 4 stars
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Of Illusions and Ink Spills by Divya Hirani is a collection of poems about the world. They are about the way youth idolize adults, the way parents raise their children, the way information is overly abundant, and even the cause of ulcers. The poems are easy to read and all of them are compelling.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to read some short, impactful poetry from an author with a lot of life experiences. This is not a book that would be enjoyed by people who do not like to take the time to reflect on what they read or for people who just want a traditional story.
There is a theme for everyone with the large variety of topics in Hirani's poetry. While some of the poems did not strike a chord with me, all of them were well written. As with any diverse collection of poetry, some of the themes are more meaningful to the specific reader than another would be.
Hirani's is an Indian immigrant and her writing exemplifies her cultural background. She makes references to different Hindu concepts such as Kundalini. I had to look up some terms to be able to understand the meaning in the poems, but it did not detract from the writing at all.
Worldly Trappings was my favorite poem in the compilation. It was about how parents lie to their children to protect them. Parents tend to be cold and inhumane to children to show their power in the relationship. As a parent, this poem really struck me. I want my child to know the truth and to know that his parents are actual people, too. It made me want to double think how I am raising my child so he knows to imagine others complexly.
Infobesity really stuck out to me because of the time in history we all live in. It is about information being overly accessible and present. We see news and information in Facebook ads and posts from friends, on TV during and in between shows, on billboards while driving down the road, and practically any other place where communication can occur. There is always something new to learn or experience. Hirani really hit the nail on the head with this poem and her reflection into modern society.
I rate Of Illusions and Ink Spills 4 out of 4 stars. This book was well edited and thoughtfully written. It would be an excellent read for anyone interested in poetry.
Of Illusions and Ink Spills
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