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Verses from the Pyre | Glenn Fernandes | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Notion Press; 1st edition (24 August 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 62 pages

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Pandemic has been a tough time. Each one of us has been impacted by the novel coronavirus. The lockdown has taken a toll on our physical and mental well-being. Amidst the negativity, we tend to look for ways to escape the monotony.

For me, one of the few ways is poetry.

Verses from the Pyre by Glenn Fernandes is a collection of 38 poems and 5 open letters. While the poems majorly revolve around the sense of belonging, affection, and freedom; the open letters are addressed to cosmetic industries, patriarchy, cinema, trolls, and the LGBTQ+ community.

These poems have a tinge of nostalgia and pain. They are written in remembrance of lost times. They speak for hearts living through despair. The fear of the unknown has got to so many people. Would they be able to come out of it?

The anxiety went on to burden hearts, the eyes were tired but, there was also hope. Hope shone through darker times. It’s a matter of time and fighting some battles against oneself, to win and rise again.

The poems are written well and stand right for beginners as well as seasoned readers. The open letters are filled with the truest emotions of the writer. Trolls do no good to people and so, we also have to put up a fight against the market that sells beauty standards and society that feeds on patriarchy.

I certainly enjoyed reading this book. At some 60 pages, it is a good weekend read. Or maybe, you might like to take in one poem at a time. Go for it 🙂

My rating: 4/ 5

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