Screaming Whispers by Shreya Vijay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A heart-felt book full of trauma, darkness, periods of reflection and a hope for a better future.
"Screaming Whispers" does not fit into a single genre, rather it alternates between different ones to keep the reader engaged. The poems acted as mini stories, discussing topics that verged on the edge of hysteria and murderous rage to the simple act of falling in love. The strength of Vijay's poems come from her natural story-telling skills. By far my most favourite poem was "Garden of Eden," mainly because it felt deep philosophical as it questioned the different aspects of human nature. It was nice to see her thoughts verge on my own, which is there is no good or bad person, but we somehow fall in between. One segment of her poem left a profound mark on me, it stated the following:
We are all brought up to believe, that souls are pure,
But that is not the truth, like at all.
Regardless of our believes, souls are not white or black all the way,
What we don’t realize is that more often than not, there are shades of grey.
- Garden of Eden, Shreya Vijay
I would recommend this book of poetry to anyone that enjoys modern-day poems that deal with the struggles of early adolescence. If you want to be immersed in a world of feelings and angst, this is the book for you.
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