Name: Unlocked Silences
Author: Mukhpreet Khurana
Genre: Poetry (inspirational)
Publishing Date: April 30, 2018
My rating: 4/5 stars
*NOTE: I am extremely grateful to the author for sending me this book. However, this does not at all hinder my honest opinions regarding the book. This is a spoiler-free review. All opinions are solely mine.
A wonderful poetry collection which seeks to mend open wounds of the readers and provide them with hope. ‘Unlocked Silences’ is a collection of poems, excerpts, and abstracts.
The book is written in first and second person perspectives.
I had such a wonderful time reading this book! Through his words, the author has tried to motivate people to get rid of their insecurities and embrace themselves for whoever they were, are, and will be. He has tried to tell his readers that we all have risen from the dust and will go back to it and so it is better to live a life in which we love ourselves without being too harsh on ourselves.
The poems reflect on how we all have dark sides and dark days yet they shouldn’t be the cause of our sadness. The poems also revolve around themes like ‘nostalgia’ and ’empowerment’ which made sure that it did not become monotonous for the reader. Many of the poems are free verses while some follow rhyme schemes. What I love the most about it is that most of the poems make use of ‘imagery’. It just makes the poem reading experience even greater!
Apart from poems, there also some abstracts in the book. Each is of not more than two pages and they all try to convey messages revolving around themes like ’empowerment’, ‘self-love’, ‘motivation’, etc. This is another thing that helps in not making it seem monotonous!
Another thing that must be noted here is that the language used is not tough to understand. The poet has tried to make the book as relatable as possible for the readers and has made use of simple language (in poems and abstracts, both). This book also has various quotes which reflect upon the themes.
I must say that I enjoyed the second half of the book way more than the first half. The second half has all my favourite poems from the book like ‘Here I Stand’, ‘Your Time Is Now’, ‘Nocturnal Companions’, ‘Exhaustion’, and more! The first half just couldn’t get me that interested in the book but, the second half made it up!
I absolutely love the cover because it is so simplistic yet enough to pique the attention of people. Oh, and it is black so yay!
One of my favourite lines from the book:
Tonight, under the blanket of stars and
The pillow of a few faded smiles;
I am complete.
~ Mukhpreet Khurana, Unlocked Silences.
*This is an excerpt from the poem ‘Here I Stand’ by Mukhpreet Khurana.
I SURELY recommend this book to all those who like the art of poetry and those who want to get their hands on something inspiring and motivational!
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