‘Remember Me in Sleepless Nights’ promises to be that friend who will console you in solitude and lead your way into a compelling journey of life along its pages filled with passion, rhythm and verse.
This collection of poetry endeavours to bring the Korean poetry form Sijo to the avenue of English poetry, which has been seldom attempted before. With a comprehensive mix of standard English poetry, English Sijo and a bout of Hindi poetry, the author wishes to indulge you in an assortment of poetic styles. Each poem, interestingly, also embraces a Korean title as the final touch of its cultural amalgamation
~ My Review ~
For me, this collection oscillated between anger and distress. There were a few poems here that I could hear in my head with an angry tone and I'm curious, seeing as Shefali Banerji is a spoken word artist, what these are supposed to sound like. Spoken poems aren't meant to be read and in the random bout of quietness I had at home, I read them outloud. I felt the anger. I heard the rage in these words.
I also heard distress. Like, the poet felt trapped and needed a way out. Or maybe it was the switching between different styles that reflected my own distress. I like for things to flow and the choppiness and back and forth felt unfamiliar. Mind you, Shefali does an excellent job with different poetic styles. Perhaps, given my post-Hurricane Harvey situation, I was more prone to anger and distress and took it out on words that were meant to soothe rather than cause friction. We all react to things differently and for a poetry collection meant to act as friend, I had a lot of emotions throughout and some of them were friendly, some were stronger than others, but most of them definitely to Remember (me) in Sleepless Nights.
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review. However, these thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm not required to write a positive review.***
About the Author
Shefali Banerji is a poet, writer and spoken word artist from India. She graduated with an Honors degree in English from St. Xavier's College Calcutta (India), and is currently pursuing Master's in English from the University of Calcutta. She has two poetry books to her name, published independently, 'A Circus of Emotions' and 'Remember Me in Sleepless Nights'.
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