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Poetry is possible Paperback – 2018
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“Vikram’s poems are lyrical and honest. Many of them beautifully capture the queer Indian experience in a way that has rarely been done before.” Udayan Dhar, founding editor of Pink Pages—India’s National LGBT Magazine. “Vikram’s poetry intersects the fields of sexuality, sensuality, and the spiritual. His work shows that in every moment poetry is possible.” Ranvir Shah, curator of Poetry with Prakriti Festival.
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Some of my favourite poems from the book would be, ‘For a long time, I was afraid of her.’, ‘Here right from the start’, ‘Death of a Dove’, ‘Sabbath’, ‘A poem by Walt Whitman’,
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.
What I think is that the author’s intent and feelings are pure. He wanted to take the reader through a journey of being a gay man in this world. Through these poems, he probably tries to give the glasses to the readers to see the world from their perspective and also tries to develop sensitivity towards the issues surrounding them.
But where it falls woefully short is the execution or the writing.
The issues and topics that are raised are so powerful that a person who has gone through the misery of living an alternative lifestyle in this world, words will merely flow through him or her. And not just a few poems or songs, epics can be written from that endured pain, suffering and humiliation.
The biggest shortcoming of the book is, it fails to evoke any emotion for me as a reader. When it comes to the language written, these didn’t seem to be poems but more so some facts that are written in a newspaper or magazine. Even those pieces evoke strong emotions at times.
You are daring to touch mythology and spirituality and clubbing it with sexuality (Fields of Silver and Gold) but fail to adorn it in a manner where your thoughts are clearly communicated to the reader.
Some of the poems seem incomplete, it’s like a fact is told, and the author forgets to weave the story around it. And at some places, it felt the author is confused between writing erotica or sexuality.
However, I did like a few of the poems like Estar – Spanish Lesson I, Two Palm Trees and Homeland.