Thoughtfully Crafted Words: Amreen Bashir Shaikh

I was trying to think back to the last time that I really immersed myself in poetry and think it would have to be back at school; I remember toiling through reams and reams of text, trying to work out what the author was trying to communicate and reading them out loud to understand how they should be read and with what emphasis. Poetry spoke to me as a reader however I was never any good at writing it (unfortunately) and I am in awe of how easily it appears to come so naturally and beautifully to Amreen. I wasn’t sure what to expect when sitting down to read this however I am extremely happy that I have had the pleasure to be sent it! So thank you Amreen, and with no more time wasted, onto the review!

I loved these little poems; they are like little breaths of fresh air. Each targets a different feeling or situation. Take ‘Fall of Despair’ as an example. The poem is a beautiful collection of verses outlining someone pondering on the things that make the writer feel lost; the withering of their aspirations and their fall from grace through a tough situation and the way that it has completely changed their resolve and ultimately their confidence. Powerful eh? A real standout poem is the brilliant ‘Writer’s Block,’ it really manages to exude the feelings felt when you cannot let your mind unravel and allow the thoughts to become something on the page. One of the lines speaks, ‘as my fingers refuse to unbottle the array of thoughts evolving in my mind.’ For me this really spoke to me as a writer. So many times I have found myself unable to find the right words to convey something and yet I can feel them swelling in my mind. Another thing that I really loved was that the poems all contrasted, not only in subject but also in lengths. It was brilliant to be able to be drawn into a poem such as ‘The Tree’s Fidelity,’ that narrates the life of a tree and it’s ‘owner,’ and has a darker side to it than first imagined, to then a short and snappy poem such as ‘Forbidden Love,’ that is short and sweet (in length not content!) The movement between the lengths of poems not only keeps the interest of the reader and makes them want to carry on reading, but it also shows the depth of understanding of the author. I think that Amreen has really shown a sense of diversity and understanding of the different styles of different poems. I also liked the contrast between the poems that spoke of being downcast and morose to the sudden changes to sprightly and cheerful; it really helps to show a range of skills but also keeps the reader interested to very end. Brilliant!

Overall this is really beautiful of poems spanning a number of different scenarios, contexts, and subjects. It moves smoothly from subject to subject whilst narrating a number of different moods. It is also lovely to see that at the end the author has included a description of the techniques and types of poem used which helps the reader to understand the structure of each of the poems. This allows the reader to have a stronger understanding of what the author is trying to portray. Overall, this a lovely collation of poems that is overall a very fulfilling and inspiring read!


3 thoughts on “Thoughtfully Crafted Words: Amreen Bashir Shaikh

  1. Amreen Bashir Shaikh says:

    Reblogged this on Paint the world with words and commented:

    This Friday seems more like a busy day writing posts 😉

    So, a fellow blogger and friend Elizabeth Baldwin reviewed my Poetry Ebook- “Thoughtfully Crafted Words” today and has posted in a beautiful review of her thoughts on the book! I am so happy to read that my words seemed so fabulous to someone and to receive a review like this made my day. I am glad she liked this book and has invested her time in framing such an honest feedback on the book!

    I would encourage all my friends, fellow bloggers and readers to have a look at the review and also read the book 🙂

    Thanks Lizzy for this post and have a nice day 🙂

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