Swapna Sanchita’s Des Vu poems explore love, friendship, life, and death.
SWAPNA SANHITA’ DES VU poems are simple, free-flowing, and easy to read, and this is what will appeal to a lot of people who otherwise do not enjoy poetry. Moreover, some of the poems are accompanied by illustrations adding to the charm of this debut collection.
Des Vu comes from the French, “seen from this point forward,” and every piece in the collection is a snapshot, an experience that turns into a memory to hold on to. The poems are short but long-lasting in the way they stay with you in the form of lingering thoughts. They evoke a multitude of emotions, and every time you read them, you unwrap another layer, such is the dexterity with which the poet has spun her words. A beautiful read for rainy Sundays, and lazy afternoons, this is a book you will want to keep on the table beside your bed and read random pages over and over again.
Swapna is the centre director of T.I.M.E. Ranchi. She is an engineering graduate who went on to get a degree in management from IIMK but has been writing poetry since childhood. During the lockdowns last year, she decided to explore her interest in writing. She has published three children’s storybooks, and a fourth is scheduled to release this year. In addition, a short collection of writings on the quarantine lockdowns has been published in the form of a book titled Another Covid Diary.
If the purpose of poetry is to give voice to thoughts, as Swapna says, then she has done that beautifully in Des Vu. The poems are an outpouring of feelings that do not conform to a set rhyme scheme but have an intrinsic music to them. They are relatable and thought-provoking. Best described as modern confessional poetry, but unlike most of the poetry of this genre, Swapna’s poems in Des Vu do not make you uncomfortable but still make you feel.
The first four lines of the first poem in this little gem read,
“Must poetry always have meaning?
A meaning deeper than what is apparent,
What is evident,
What we can see?”
And this sets the mood for what is to come. Swapna’s poems reel you in, giving you a glimpse into the mind of a poet, a writer, and along the way, you realize these thoughts; these life experiences are so similar to what you have felt at some point in your life. She ends the first poem, aptly titled ‘Poetry,’ with the following lines, which make so much sense,
“Or is it absolutely alright,
For it to start from nowhere,
And lead you into meandering paths
ending whenever, wherever
It may choose to go, or choose to be?”
If you are new to poetry, this is the book to read. It will help you learn to appreciate and enjoy a brilliant literary form. If you enjoy reading poetry, Des Vu is something you should definitely add to your treasure trove of poetry books.