Poetry – City Times and Other Poems

City Times and Other PoemsCity Times and Other Poems
By Vihang A. Naik
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1491897133
ASIN: B00J2PMXXG
Pages: 80
Genre: Poetry

Vihang A. Naik throws light on the life of a city in all its shades, glory and misery in his City Times and Other Poems. It is an anthology of his intuitive and philosophical poems. The Poems are divided in 6 segmentsi.e. ‘Love Song of a Journey Man’ is more or less an inner travelogue, The segments, for instance, ‘Mirrored Man’ is about the other chimeras in the city .The people in the city are capricious like the walk of a crab or the colours of a chameleon. While, ‘The Path of Wisdom’ is about the beginning of meditation and knowledge. ‘At the Shore’ records the poet’s sense of futility, memory, pain, exile and alienation at the shore of life. The title of this collection is also the heading for the last of its six sections, in which the city is unfolded as a market place, as a heaven for underdogs, and as a seed bed of change and is observed at evening, at mid-night, by moon light and through fog and haze.

The poem titled ‘Self Portrait’ starts with the diagrammatic sketch with 7 blank pages where the reader finds only 3 words at the tail-end of the page…Here “the poet envisions in an epiphanic moment, the true nature of one’s self when he wakes up, ‘to see my / Self ‘ ‘discovered beyond thought’ . Between ‘my self’ and ‘discovered beyond thought’ are five blank pages. The ineffable epiphany of ambiguous. It may either suggest the discovery of a transcendental Self beyond all thought and language or it may suggest the discovery of an Absence beyond the human thought and speech.

City Times and Other Poems AuthorAbout The Author:
Vihang A. Naik was born in Surat, Gujarat on September 2, 1969. He is India s contemporary poet writing in English. His poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies along with some significant e-publications. Four collections of his poetry have been published: Poetry Manifesto: New & Selected Poems (2010), Making A Poem (2004), City Times and Other Poems (1993). His Gujarati collection of poems include Jeevangeet (Gujarati Poems) in 2001, dedicated to the cause of victims of Gujarat Earthquake of January 26, 2001. He also translates poetry written in the Gujarati language into English, including his own Gujarati language poems.

He is educated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with English Literature, Indian Literature in English Translation and Philosophy. He had his primary schooling from Navrachna School in Baroda, Gujarat. He took teaching as a profession serving in colleges since 1996 in Gujarat. He lives and works in Gujarat. India.

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Poetry – Rising, Falling, All of Us

Rising Falling All of UsRising, Falling, All of Us
By Thelma T. Reyna
Publisher: Golden Foothills Press
Published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-0692218815
Pages: 112
Genre: Poetry, Multicultural Poetry

The Pope. Artists. Celebrities. Soldiers. Killers. Athletes. Lovers. Ghosts. Mothers. Immigrants. Heroes…

…and many more. The poems in this collection by national award-winning author, Thelma T. Reyna, present the gamut of humanity, the famous and infamous, the actual and mythical. This is a gallery of people we all know, or wished we knew, or people like those we’ve shared life with.

The poems are vivid, sharp, haunting, sad, uplifting, and stirring.

Freedom fighters. Fathers. Families. Villains. Aristocrats. The powerful and the struggling.

They’re all here, for us to see their other sides, to understand, to ponder and examine. And, no matter who these people are, we all rise and fall together, all of us. For such is the human condition.

About the Author:
Rising Falling All of Us AuthorThelma T. Reyna is a multiple national literary award winner. Her four books–one a short story collection, THE HEAVENS WEEP FOR US AND OTHER STORIES–and three poetry books have earned recognition. Her poems, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, and online. She received a Ph.D. from UCLA and is Poet Laureate of the Altadena Library District in California.

 

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