Title: Because All Is Not Lost: Verses on Grief
Author: Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Release Date: July 16, 2010
Publisher: Modern History Press
Rating: 4 out of 5
In this chapbook, Sweta Vikram writes poems on different kinds of grief.
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.