Thursday, 13 May 2021

Garden In A Seed by Nazanin Mirsadeghi

Garden In A Seed by Nazanin Mirsadeghi
Published by Bahar Books on the 27th March 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GARDEN IN A SEED is a collection of modern poems touching on the subjects of self-worth, love, loss, and survival. The poems in this collection reflect the emotional struggles of women, especially when it comes to discovering their true and authentic voices. These short poems shed light on the enormous strengths hidden in the human soul. They remind us that despite experiencing despair and sorrow, we are all capable of healing.

I was so happy when Nazanin Mirsadeghi got in touch to offer me a review copy of her powerful new poetry collection, Garden In A Seed, which is beautifully complemented by Nasim Etemad's graceful illustrations. Mirsadeghi's previous collection, a jarful of moonlight, was one of the highlights of my reading last year so I approached Garden In A Seed with high hopes. I am delighted to say that I wasn't disappointed! This poet has such an amazing talent for cutting straight to the heart of her themes with just a few perfectly chosen words and, it is fair to say, I do harbour some envy!

The collection comprises mostly short verses, some barely longer than haiku, yet I could understand and empathise fully with every emotion portrayed. Garden In A Seed is very much a woman's journey through love and life, though that's not to say that male readers would not appreciate this poetry too. None of the poems are individually titled, but they are grouped by theme which allows the whole book to tell a profound story of overcoming a failed love affair, regrouping emotionally, and finding joy in new romance. 

I will quote two of the poems that really spoke to me to give a flavour of Garden In A Seed and enthusiastically urge all other poetry fans reading this review to give the work a try. Nazanin Mirsadeghi has cemented herself as one of my absolute favourite poets with Garden In A Seed.

You can look at
and old rotten bridge
and see nothing 
but lumber and rope

or you can wonder 
where it goes

* * * * *

You think 
I have to follow you
everywhere you go

sit if you sit
run if you run
fall when you fall

I will stand still and tall
I am not your shadow on the wall

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