Book Review: Because All Is Not Lost – Sweta Vikram

Title: Because All Is Not Lost: Verses on Grief
Author: Sweta Srivastava Vikram
ISBN: 9781615990474
Pages: 36
Release Date: July 16, 2010
Publisher: Modern History Press
Genre: Poetry
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

In this chapbook, Sweta Vikram writes poems on different kinds of grief.

Review:

I know what you’re thinking.  It’s the same thing I’m thinking.  How in the world do I have the knowledge and experience to be able to review poetry?  After all, I’ve never really reviewed it before, and have barely read it since high school.  But when Sweta Vikram contacted me, asking me to review her poetry chapbook, I was intrigued.  She’s a South Asian author after all, and I was curious to see if I enjoy reading poetry.

Vikram’s poetry was very beautiful and touching.  Though her chapbook was inspired by the deaths of her aunt and grandfather, she addresses all kinds of grief in her poems.  A mother, a sibling, a child – her narrators are all different people in different situations.

I appreciated the messages of Vikram’s poems:  don’t grieve endlessly.  Don’t let it take over your life.  At some point, you have to accept your grief, face it, and move on.  Don’t let your life stop just because someone else’s ended.  I imagine this would be a very relevant chapbook if you recently lost someone and are trying to deal with your sadness.

I enjoyed reading Vikram’s poems and exploring a new genre.  I’m sorry that I don’t have more experience in reviewing poetry, and thus, am not sure how worthwhile this review actually is, but I can say that it is worth reading or giving as a gift, especially for someone who has recently experienced a loss, regardless of culture or background.  I’m glad I found a new South Asian author, and will be following Vikram’s work closely in the future.

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Comments

  1. Poetry is one of those things that I feel hesitant to review as well. This sounds like a beautiful collection though!

  2. Poetry is one of those things that I feel hesitant to review as well. This sounds like a beautiful collection though!

  3. I don’t read much poetry anymore — sad really that I’ve let that genre slip away.

  4. I don’t read much poetry anymore — sad really that I’ve let that genre slip away.

  5. I actually won this book in a giveaway but am still working my way through it. I find that I cannot just “read” poetry like I can read books.

    Isn’t it funny that we “balk” at reviewing poetry? It seems so intimidating at points. Well, if nothing else, you’ve inspired me to soldier on with my review of this book.

  6. I actually won this book in a giveaway but am still working my way through it. I find that I cannot just “read” poetry like I can read books.

    Isn’t it funny that we “balk” at reviewing poetry? It seems so intimidating at points. Well, if nothing else, you’ve inspired me to soldier on with my review of this book.

  7. I like poetry and enjoy reading it but i doubt I can review it! I too would like to see a south asian author ‘s work. Shall try to check this out.

  8. I like poetry and enjoy reading it but i doubt I can review it! I too would like to see a south asian author ‘s work. Shall try to check this out.

  9. I don’t think we have to be “qualified” to read/review poetry! I’m completely unqualified, but I’ve been trying to learn. This looks like a very interesting piece!

  10. I don’t think we have to be “qualified” to read/review poetry! I’m completely unqualified, but I’ve been trying to learn. This looks like a very interesting piece!

  11. It’s been so long since I read a book of poetry that I fear I would have the same reactions as you did when contemplating a review of one. It does sound like this book is worth taking a look at though, and I might have to check it out. It’s funny that I have avoided poetry for so long, because when I was a teenager, I wrote it endlessly!

  12. It’s been so long since I read a book of poetry that I fear I would have the same reactions as you did when contemplating a review of one. It does sound like this book is worth taking a look at though, and I might have to check it out. It’s funny that I have avoided poetry for so long, because when I was a teenager, I wrote it endlessly!

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