I like that first poem Roses begins with ‘and’ (as a rule, it is said you shouldn’t do that) as if a sudden thought struck writer, Sanjana Rajagopal, when writing this collection, Letters to Aries.
In each of these poems there is a line, which sums up the piece neatly:
‘The light came with him/and went with him’
‘Spin fairy tales from the golden spool of your heart’
‘I’m the king everyone wants to protect – supposedly the most valuable piece but the most helpless one’
‘In love with a cinematic fantasy’
‘Now I know how fickle art can be. It can touch the souls of a thousand weeping strangers, and still fail to move the only one who has ever mattered’
Letters to Aries has both poetry and prose of heartbreak, crying out against the ill treatment given from a former lover, asking questions and recounting events from the relationship.
These are written explicitly, with honesty and in an experimental style of writing.
I also like the titles of the writing. Many find titling their work a chore and you can often believe it too but these titles
‘New York was there for me when you weren’t’
‘You said I idealised you but that’s what writers do’
‘The principal question’
all open the imagination of the reader.
Part Two: An Additional Thirteen Lamentations contains my favourite poems:
‘Sing the boy electric’
‘The girl at the window’
‘You will never forget the first boy who calls you beautiful’
‘Dream palace darkroom’
‘What I really want’ clenches the whole book for me and ‘Doubts’ is a jolting way of ending this passionate and seemingly effortless purse of poetic gems.
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