- Hardcover: 68 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury India (5 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385436708
- ISBN-13: 978-9385436703
- Package Dimensions: 22 x 14.2 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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This Summer and that Summer Hardcover – 5 Oct 2015
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About the Author
Sanjeev Sethi is the author of two well-received books of poetry, Suddenly For Someone and Nine Summers Later. Born in 1962, he has, at different phases of his career,written for newspapers, magazines, and journals. He has produced radio and television programmes. Sanjeev's poems have found a home in The London Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Off the Coast Literary Journal, 3 Quarks Daily, Lemon Hound, Poetry Australia, Indian Literature, Journal of the Poetry Society (India), The Indian P.E.N., Literature Alive, Journal of the British Council (India), Delhi Gymkhana Club Ltd. Centenary Souvenir, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.
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There are poems in this book that are marked by simple clarity and freshness that make them feel like a cozy nap under warm blankets on a rainy day. There are other poems that I did not quite understand or relate to. But the best part is that there were few poems like the first one which I actually owned in thought and feeling. Or maybe I am wrong and it is the poem that owned me. Whatever the case, it was a generally enjoyable read and by the end of the book, I thought I knew the author. Only after closing the book and laying it to rest by the side of my bed did I realise that Sanjeev Sethi is a stranger to me. One book of poems is not enough to know a man.
I liked that I found humour in some lines and bitterness in others. Sethi’s style is sharp, cynical and soothing all at once. I also liked it because it was not all one thing in particular. No single theme that tied every poem to each other. I believe that the most beautiful gardens are those with many kinds of flowers. No, I don’t want rose gardens or sunflower fields. I want orchids, lilies, chrysanthemums, roses and every kind of flower whose I name I do not know. ‘This Summer and That Summer’ is this kind of garden, only it is a book and there are no flowers here.
This book is musical and I liked many, but here are my favorites:
At the very beginning, Sethi draws in the reader with a philosophical piece titled, “Pigeons.”
The more times I read it, the more I realize that there is far deeper tones than simple verse
within the lines. The Poem, “Nocturnal Activity” is a short, hard-hitting anthem for everyone who has felt the devouring singe of regret in their lives. I found it easy to relate Sethi’s piece, “Name” as it covers the commonalities of birth names and how ancestry can be a burden to the mind. “Sunny Chaca” delves into the nature of sexuality and religious beliefs: when threatened by an outside force, beliefs tend to shelter us from the rain of the unknown. The poem, “Garrison Report” uses military jargon to render a painting of philosophical proportions in the reader’s mind; it took me several read-throughs to pick up on the subtle nuance of this excellent poem.
The emotionally captivating piece, “Afterlight” beams with a light that entrances the reader in sadness; it deals with rejection, abandonment, and cruelty which is amazing since it is only 6 lines long. The piece, “Ascot” is a descriptive and compelling piece dealing with compassion. “Realia” is full of small metaphors and shows how important and powerful positive words can be. “Fellow Fliers” uses metaphor, assonance, and alliteration combined to deliver a breathtaking view into the mind of the author. I found myself stunned by the poem, “Confessions.” This piece has a lot to say about the human heart and how hard it can be to let someone in. Page from my binder is a psychological piece which asks questions about aloneness.
“Conduction” is a poem about how to read poetry and the benefits of doing so. The poem, “Panelists” gives a view of politicians, their behavior, and how to deal with them. The piece, “Request” is the author asking God to intervene in his life and set things straight.
Written in mostly free-verse, Sanjeev has still managed to add a musical quality to his works. I recommend this book to anyone looking for deep contemplation through words.