Making A Poem
- Authorspress (2018)
- Binding: Hardbound
Making A Poem is a powerful affecting collection of poetry that sheds a fascinating light upon the writing process and poet’s personal aesthetics. These are eloquent pieces where the poet displays a confident command of the poetic form to bring his ideas and observations to life. The pieces that ponder the reality of poetic expression are perhaps most fascinating. Their reflexivity results in a most engaging collection of poems. Making A Poem is a intuitive, thoughtful and creative pieces that work together as a cohesive collection.
One of the pleasures gained by reading Vihang Naik’s poetry is the awareness that every poem, both singly and when placed together as a body of work , demonstrates a belief in the possibilities language might have to truthfully and energetically communicate the writing experience. Naik does not distract himself with enquiries into problems of subjectivity and textuality, and although many poems in this collection are innovative and exploratory, Naik has faith in a poetry that can presume to speak the poet’s life with clarity and wisdom. In this way his work should appeal to the shared experience of other writers and their common histories, and seek to render the function of poetry as a vehicle for insight, as a conduit between the individual and his wider readership. Making A Poem is, therefore , an intriguing work to appear at a time when what could be called a “revival” in poetry writing is taking place.” – Indian Literature : A Sahitya Akademi Bi-Monthly Jounal.New Delhi, India
” This book is a record of the poet’s ideals, hopes, motives, observations and experiences. Through his book he has propounded his theory of poetry which he wants that the poets of today follow and practice.” – Contemporary Literary Review Indian ( CLRI )
” Naik reminds us that all forms of knowledge require some form of measurement , that against the possibilities of code there is also the fact of the single instance : that observation , language and description fold all events back into history. For example , in the poem “The Pen” he writes , “Now that the words / have come to an end / You search your poem / in the silence of death.” Making a Poem is deepened in effect by the humility of such lines , and the fact that many poems in the collection trace the impact of personal history , the many and varied moments of creating a poem and the poet’s greater understanding of his craft. For example , in the fine poem “A Poem Comes Alive” , Naik maps out the way in which a poem instills life into words” – The Journal of of the Poetry Society ( India )