Publisher: Leadstart Publishing
Author: Leena Saldanha
Price: INR 299
No. of pages: 298
Blurb: Wild Things is a book that compels you to participate in it. There is a visceral quality of writing that makes you feel the poems in your bones and your stomach and perhaps even your little toe. Every poem pushes you out of your comfort zone; draws you out into the vast wilderness of raw, untameable honesty; teases you into throwing off the shackles of convention and habit and the illusion of security. Step into the pages of Wild Things and be prepared to live naked. The terrain is rugged, the wind whips through your hair, your eyes water a little as the rain stings them – but you are gloriously, completely alive. Wild Things is about what lies outside the cage. And about giving us the courage to break the bars; and live like we were meant to – tall, proud and fiercely free.
Review: The book Wild Things by Leena Saldanha comprises of pristine 86 poems divided into 4 parts namely Deserts, Forests, Mountains and Oceans. Each and every poem portrays an underlying current of the parts to which they belong. The beauty of every poem is that it flows so effortlessly like a cool evening breeze, but has the vision to get into our nerves and wreck havoc. Some of the couplets and poems are so powerful (which I’ll mention later) that it made me pause, think and contemplate, so much so that I even re-read them again and again till it
Leena’s poem has struck a chord with me as most of the poems seem like little pieces of the inner voice screaming, where some tell the harsh reality of life, some travel through the lanes of love and lost, some are the songs of light and some throw light on the plight of animal-like things we as humans do. The fluidity of both diction and thought becomes the strength of this book.
It is difficult to pick a
Few lines from the poem 'India's Daughter'
been treated like a
by the people on
Or for that matter
by the people in
I am not a
in my country
I am not even a
I am a label
In your mind
The other poems which I loved are ‘Cotton Wool Monsters’, ‘First Love’, ‘Hypocrites’, ‘Terror’, ‘Lessons’, and ‘Storytelling’ to name a few.
Overall: You’ve got to read this book of poems. I’ve read it once, often slept over a few pages, dwelled upon it and even read it again. Such was the impact that it left on me.
About the author:
Leena Saldanha is a poet (obviously), entrepreneur (reluctantly)