Reviews, Vol. I, Issue I
In a poignant, heartwarming and evocative collection of poems, Varsha Singh has ruffled heart beats and submerged the mind in a deluge of passionate verses—of lines pure and lucid without the hampered matrix of form or a forced schema. In the arteries of the Romantics, like Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, Varsha Singh has constructed a delightful tapestry of fine prose, marking urges, longings, and convictions. However, in her Neo-romantic approach to matters of the heart, she embraces something more sublime in the tumultuous waves of passion shifting to and fro within a soft and dappled light, dancing to the buoyancy of various human experiences. In short, concise but open ended lines, the poet paradoxically explores themes marked by continuity regarding human desires, yearnings for overwhelming aspects of the passionate life. The conceit is unraveled in the potent figure-of-speech including personifications, similes and metaphors of nature spawned by the imagination while conjuring up various moods and feelings —as in “Remembrance,” where an animated memory creeps like the earthworm crawling inside the heart of the ground.
Mysterious and inward is the way. Intuition is the voice heard above reason, as the journey into the night appears sometimes private and nostalgically revealing in one of the poet’s most illuminating verses, “A Walk to remember with you.” The imagery of a moonlit night may suggest a vague knowledge of the path traveled by faith. Here, the nuances of quiet moonlight set the mood for sentimental recollections regarding companionship. The eroded longing for answers appears strikingly impressionable in the poet’s clever play of words exemplified in the closing lines of “Repressed Desires” where “waste land [appears] dying to regain its lost Paradise.” Despite the sometimes desolate sublimity, “Sudden glare of Hope” breaks forth in other words posing the question of growing love despite the harsh terrain of human experiences—“If rocks can become jewels so why can’t the humans?” When the darkness turns to light, stars evince their brightness, and as the “My Mighty Gulmohar” splashes its dashing color across the sky, the poet is inspired to dream dreams of grandeur.
This urge and eroded longing for meaningful restorations appear to strike a chord in the poet’s passionate call for unconditional and universal awareness for a collective state of one love in the fractured state of human innermost experience along an occasional mystical or sociopolitical plane. In verses like “Synonym-less” and “Waiting for The Only Source,” a feeling of a spiritual union or the simultaneous juxtaposition of immanence and transcendence describes the Source. While in a verse; “Do Thou Know Thy Nation?”—the poet has drawn our awareness to matters of patriotism and political concerns toward an all-inclusive society—in a nudge to go beyond color boundaries, caste systems and perceptions of based on regionalism. This, more meaningful state of the union, is likened to the imagery of evergreen or the priceless value of a state perhaps flawed by preferred internal undercurrents.
“The Deluge with Varsha” is delightfully refreshing and sensational telling. The fragrance is soft and dainty especially in the rain as “flowers oozing charm drop crystals on the ground and in my melted mind… every time you come around,” said the poet. The pausing silence is occasionally broken by a “Dribbling…drizzling…[and] splashing around!” Then, shortly after the trickling rainfall, it “billows me out with a great wave…[to] make another rainfall,” the poet continued. Besides all, it’s the felt experience in the open lines most sublime that will transport her readers into the striking awakening in “The Journey” where “The curtains of night budged,/The voice of Dawn revealed/I stood gazing all awake/The journey of darkness to day!”
About the book
Author- Varsha Singh
Deluges: A Collection of Poems.
New Delhi: GNOSIS, 2014.
Pages: 82, Price: 195.
Reviewed by Paul C Blake,
Independent Thinker/Writer, Georgia