“the butterflies have died” by Rinoshun

This is a debut poetry collection from an Indian author. It is a book of love poems, most of them sad. To be accurate, these are not love poems but poems about love, because while some of them seem to be written to a lover, they mostly discuss the love: its success or failure, its presence or absence, its qualities and its effect on the poet.

This is an academic discussion more than a heartfelt outpouring of emotion. Many of the poems are framed as questions, to all of which the answer seems clear: love comes and goes, and there isn’t much we can do about it.

A minor point about the writing; it would be useful for a poet from another culture who is presenting his work to the North American market to get an editor to check his use of colloquial language.

A poem which appealed to me was the one about the death of a child. The image of the broken teddy bear was highly evocative, and it seemed to me that this poet feels a father’s love for his child more strongly than he feels his love for the various women he speaks of. 

This is a good beginning publication for a poet, but I would prefer a book of love poems to elicit a deeper emotional response in me.

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

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