Book Reviews

Poems for a Cause | Vijaya Srivastava | Book Review

  • Publisher: Notion Press; 1st edition (9 June 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 74 pages

Book Review

Poems for a Cause by Vijaya Srivastava is a collection of musings, poetic and non-poetic, coming from different contributors. These contributors have dedicated their piece to self and others in their lives. They have laid bare their souls while dabbling with their emotions. These pieces are unique in a certain way. Raw and piercing.

The book essentially covers a range of themes, mostly dark and haunting. Be it grave mental health issues, depression, suicidal tendencies, death or the tiny bit of sunshine and hope in love and friendship, this book serves something of everything. Some pieces have been put up anonymously while others do have a name below them. And a description that fits the quirky and authentic self of the particular contributor.

One would find letters and verses in this short book. There are a few poems on childhood trauma. Not to mention, I related to them strongly. A few weeks ago, I spoke to a mental health professional and they said, “Trauma runs deeper.” I felt that. Trauma chases you and hunts you down. It pulls you back whenever you want to push your mouth outside for a breath of air. You drown. Then there is one piece on enablers of rape culture. Oh well, haven’t I thought of this enough?

In between these intense pieces, a reader would come across some jolting illustrations. Here’s to a wonderful job done by the illustrators! And did I mention that I love the cover of this book? I mean, look at it. It’s deeply moving and artistic.

Certainly not a book for anyone battling any form of mental health problems. But if you find yourself doing fine, you may give this one a read. It’s for free on Kindle Unlimited 🙂

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