Since 1996 Volume XXI


Review of Turquoise Silence by Sanober Khan

Genre: Poetry
ISBN/ASIN: 9788182534766
(Cyberwit, 2017) Third Edition
Price: INR. 200

Reviewed by Mary Barnet

Poems about poetry and poems about love become a delightful experience in
Sanober Kahn’s poetry and her delicate words bring me joy. In Midnight (page 45)
we find a love poem with only the tantalizing thoughts:

so when I finally begin to drift
into sleep, your memory is the...first
and the moonlight
the last, to kiss my face.


In Let Me Die (page 35) we can discover a description of both longing, and the
effects of love, almost one in this poem :

let my hands begin
to quiver and weaken...but only because
they once filled yours

or let me just die...

from having gazed at you,
too long

from a cancer...
of unbearable love

from the merciless, violent assault
of all this beauty,
that my heart just couldn’t take.


And a poem about poems, an achievement very difficult to be successful with, Some Poems (page 33) is so beautiful I wish I could quote the whole poem ! Instead, I give you the final 3 paragraphs :

and then
there are some poems..
that we leave behind
some that leave us behind

while some just live... silently,
in the heart, crumble...sometimes
dwindle, disappear...die

and are reborn
when you smile again.


In Night Soul (page67), the night sky yields the secret of the inspiration of Khan as
a poet :

i will forever be...colliding
with a billion unnamed..
undiscovered stars, each of us
on our own orbital paths

with shadows of flight
criss-crossing the air

savouring the sacred wine
of this hour...this very second
when every flutter

every flicker in the dark
swish in the wind

every ripple, scent
every pulse, every breath
every movement, every stillness

is a poem.


And the value of poetry is conveyed in the last poem I will quote, Pursuit of Comfort
(page 30) when Khan says :

but for the greatest
comfort of all...I could just wait...
until the world is tucked in...for the night
until the moon... is cool
on my cheeks
 and then quietly, caress...
a stranger’s poem...in my arms
and whisper, ‘You just saved my life’.

This book is about and conveys bliss. I highly recommend that you read
Sanober Khan’s popular book Turquoise Silence in its third edition (Cyberwit, 2017) in order to be carried into a world of delicate joyous experience in a beautiful land.

Sanober Khan is a Mumbai-based poet and freelance writer. Her work has been
published in a variety of journals. This is her second book. Her first book “A touch, a tear, a tempest” was shortlisted in 2012 for the Muse India National Literary Awards. Herbook “A Thousand Flamingos” has been quoted widely. She reads her poems around the globe.

By Mary Barnet, Poet and Editor


Copyright 2017, Mary Barnet
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