My idea of joy & rejuvenation, my source for solace, wisdom, soul searching, and intellectual stimulation – To me, being in the continual honesty of nature encapsulates it all.
Effortless poise of the age-old peaks of mountains, joyful enthusiasm of wildflowers swinging carefree in the wind, patient wisdom of the unshakable rocks, self–contented, prayerful peace of the trees – doesn’t everything in nature has its own special, subtle and discerning message for us?
Whenever I can, I make eager attempts to have a word with this wilderness – to decipher its speechless expressions, to make at least some meaning of the holy silence it never breaks.
Those moments are fleeting, but I feel having breathed a life so intensely in that transient space, that they leave everlasting imprints upon my heart and soul.
Poems in this book tell my stories of some of those momentary but deeply felt conversations. Stories, that until now were sitting on the pages of my personal notebook, waiting patiently to be shared with you.
A Word With Wilderness: Poems Inspired By American Nature – is a result of my passions for poetry, illustration, and nature – combined together.
The book comprises 32 selected poems, and I have complimented each of them with my illustrations (the cover art is a self-portrait by me too)
ArtsPositive.org, a Singapore based, art-driven NGO has interviewed & featured me for my illustration work for this book.
If you are a nature lover, a travel enthusiast, or a wanderer of wilderness and if you enjoy poetry, you will find my book delightful, I am confident. Like I have said in the introduction inside the book – This book is for you – who, at the sight of dewy grass, takes the shoes off. At once.
To share some nostalgia – even if this is my debut book, my first ever published poetry work was decades ago! When I was in 5th grade. :)
At that time, a local newspaper in my hometown back in India had picked a poem of mine from school. It was written in my mother tongue, about a waterfall and its wish of exploring the mountains…I still remember the first stanza of that poem, by heart.
What is most gratifying about this fact is that – my first ever published poem was also about nothing else but nature! Today, to see that my very first book is inspired by American Nature gives a unique sense of fulfillment.
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