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Arc Asylum | Prateek Joshi | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ One Point Six Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (21 April 2021);
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 106 pages

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The human mind is a mysterious place to be. Trust me when I say it’s dark there, on most days. It’s always buzzing with notifications, busy processing information, weaving memories, breaking them into bits and pieces while reminiscing, wandering, screaming, numb!

Arc Asylum by poet Prateek Joshi is a humble attempt to talk about the macabre visions of a human mind. These visions are a result of deep contemplation, hours of self-reflection and an attempt to resolve a deranged mind. This collection of poetry runs wild, stays rooted to nothing, and leads us all into the depths we might not want to enter.

Divided into 5 sections, Arc Asylum meanders through the maze of love, faith, fear, and shame. It beautifully combines the light and dark to create a blend that leaves us wanting more. The prose poetry holds your hand and walks you through the enigma. The feeling of meeting enigma lingers.

The poetry is rich in language and expressions. Arc Asylum is most certainly for those who love poetry and have the patience to absorb it, one page at a time. Written in a daily journal entry format (dates specified), this book teaches us about loving ourselves. It adeptly helps us in reconnecting with our inner selves and transform pain into something meaningful, beautiful, powerful.

While I was indeed confused in the first few pages, I got a hang of everything as I progressed further. Having said that, I would advise beginners to refrain from picking this poetry collection because of the vocabulary. However, for avid readers, they can (and should) give it a shot!

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