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The Camphor of Night by Samir Satam – Book Review

  • Author: Samir Satam
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Anybook (2019)

The poems in this collection ‘The Camphor Of Night’ are little things stolen from life which found their way to a treasure box in which they lay locked for years until these stolen things developed a life of their own and hence they need to be set free because now is their time to breathe.

My Review

No matter how far you go,
There’s this homesickness
That keeps tugging at your heart.
To come back…
…not to your wardrobe and refrigerator,
But wherever that one person is…
Because,
Home is never about roofs and walls?

Yes, the home could be anywhere – a place, a person, or an art. For me, poetry is home. I found a little cozy one in this book.

The Camphor of Night by Samir Satam is a collection of hauntingly beautiful verses that stay with you even if you flip the pages. In an absolutely effortless manner, the poems have been served to keep you still and move you from within, both at the same time. Isn’t it amazing?

The themes of the poems are diverse ranging from love, heartbreak, emptiness, pain, to some of the burning issues of our country. I liked how the items on the platter have been arranged to engage the readers. I completely loved the cover which is so poignant, so aesthetic complimenting the poems well. The artistic play of words and their interrelation with the emotions emanating from the deepest trenches of the heart was delightful. The book could be a good pick for poetry lovers and especially for the ones who look for simple yet profound words.

I finished it in two seatings for I wanted to absorb poems. One could easily get through this in one seating. Overall, a good attempt at presenting the fine art of poetry.

MY RATING: 3/ 5


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