Book Title: Fragile Strings
Author: Arushi Vats
Total Number of Pages: 70
Publisher: Notion Press
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2017
Fragile Strings is a collection of poems based on a relationship between two individuals that’s fragile and with the passing of time the bond weakens and the connection seems to be disappearing. It’s about the emotional turbulence a person suffers when the love is not reciprocated back like before. The life of a girl who evolves while battling her own feelings and overcoming sadness, heartaches and dejection and how she finally accepts her life in the present and learns to love herself again as she is in the healing process.
REVIEW BY SOHINEE DEY
Fragile Strings is a collection of poems where the poet expresses all her feelings through the medium of short sentences that carry deeper meaning and which resonates with each phase of her emotional state.
There comes a time in some relationships when either of the two people loses his/her interest and starts to get detached from the other. This period of a relationship, I feel is the hardest to battle with. When you are trying everything that you’re capable of and investing all your time and energy in a relationship, but still your partner doesn’t reciprocate the same feelings wholeheartedly, then you are bound to feel dejected and you know that you cannot hold onto this one-sided love any longer, that you need to let it go.
The poet, Arushi Vats, describes this phase through her poems by using very minimal words. As she passes through this phase, she grows with each step, with each self-realization and ultimately she comes out as a stronger person than she was before. Through each poem, the reader will be able to see the metamorphosis, her words become stronger and she has a better hold on her emotions.
Through sadness, heartaches and dejection, she gets acquainted with a new self and learns how to cope with her feelings. She learns to accept the present and that the past has to be left where it is; in the past.
I loved the cover and the title. The title really brings out the whole idea behind the book and is also concordant to the blurb.
The readers who have read my poetry posts would know that I am most likely to live long poems with punctuation and poems which wouldn’t give away the whole meaning right away.
The poems in Fragile Strings were short and more of one-liners which had been broken down into sentences to enunciate the words and also to enhance the flow of the words. I felt that with proper punctuation, the feelings behind the words would have been more pronounced. Also, if the poems were put together in a proper order, I felt the emotions would have been more coherent and it would be easier for a reader to reflect the same emotions. Nonetheless, Fragile Strings is certainly a good attempt made by the poet to express her feelings through the medium of poetry.
MY FINAL VERDICT –
I would recommend this book to poetry lovers and readers who prefer short poems over longer ones. It is a very short read, so you wouldn’t need much time to complete reading the book.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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