(From the foreword by Kris Saknussemm) As with all the poets I most admire, words are living things for Tikuli. But as you will come to discover, they are never deployed for their own sake. She uses them to tell stories. The images, scenes, characters and fragments of visionary empathy that you will find in this book are all rooted in her native India-and yet they reach out far beyond national and cultural boundaries. They do so because they have an interior cohesion of spirit. Her subjects are often the dispossessed, the lost...the abused. There are undercurrents of sorrow and anger. And yet love shines through, even when it seems to be fading away. Above all, there's a powerful sense of hope at work-a conviction in the redemptive strength of poetry.
Collection of Chaos is a collection of poems by Tikuli who has been able to bring out all the utter confusion of the mere existence of mankind by opening the pandora box, which has been avoided by its sheer ugliness or the fact that we have chose to ignore it since it causes nothing but sheer disarray in our lives.
I am not a poet, but admired the crisp words generated by the author, however; sometimes found it tough to connect the dots cause of no title especially those poems that ended abruptly thus, leaving me out of tune. I had to pause, rewind and then try to bridge the gap to make sense.
I also felt some ideas were repetitive, and could have been avoided. But then since that subject is, usually, far under the covers, maybe it needed more attention. Thus, I will give the author credit over it, but as a reader who could echo with the chaos in our society; I wanted more topics to be unleashed. Thus, giving a turmoil within me as I craved for more.
The title of this book is appropriate since even though it is a collection of chaos, it is a reflection of us as human beings and our society that we have created. Thus, inviting individuals to peek into it, and get a flavor of what we have built.
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About the Author:
Brought up in Delhi in a family of liberal educationists Tikuli is a mother of two sons. She is also a blogger and author. Some of her short stories and poems have appeared in print and in online journals and literary magazines including Le Zaparougue, MiCROW 8,Troubadour21, The Smoking Book (Poets Wear Prada Press, US), The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Mnemosyne Literary Journal, Women'sWeb.
Some of her print publications include poems in Guntur National Poetry Festival Anthology and much acclaimed Chicken Soup For The Indian Romantic Soul(Westland). Her work has also been featured on websites related to gender issues and child sexual abuse.She blogs at http://tikulicious.wordpress.com/
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