[Book Review] Divan of Shah

Title: Divan of Shah
Author: Shah Asad Rizvi
Pages: 231
Genre: Poetry,
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This is an Advanced Readers Copy. That means that this is not the final version of the book. Therefore, facts and quotes are subject to change in the published book.

A lot about dancing The theme was dance and melody. Feeling the movement of life and dancing through it. I really felt this collection stayed true to the theme and anyone who is interested in a lovely poetry book that may speak to them on this level then look no further!

Oh No’s

This seems like a beginners work. The short poems were the best with the long poems not really sounding coherrant. Not flowing as well as I would have liked. Then again, my poetry is not a strong suit.

The english did not flow very well with a synonym of a word perhaps working better. But the story being told was easily conveyed. Each story held passion and essence but could use some work on the fluidity.

Yay’s

One of my goals when reading is to find a quote. I feel the need to find the perfect quote in every book. At least one and usually I only find the best one. But for this book I felt a connection with a lot of the short poetry that was used.

“Take not for granted

What you expect to remain

For all is temporary

Subject to change”

The long poetry was the only thing that needs some work on but that didn’t stop some of these from being great pieces. No two poems are alike but some were just better than others. Definitely aesthetically pleasing as well with the set up of the poetry anthology.

Finally,

This was written as a purely honest view but I really am interested in reading more poetry books. When this author reached out to me I was actually really excited to get the chance to read poetry again. It’s not a genre I usually grab for and I love pushing my comfort zone when it comes to reading.

My similar recommendation for this novel would be Your Soul is A River by Nikita Gill.

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-PM

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