From the Back Cover
A fragile heart laid open, awaiting validation...
These are but a few arresting reflections drawn forth from areviewer upon reading writer Vanessa Ngam's simply titled but thoroughlythought-provoking Collection of Poems.
In her stunning and highly personal poetry, Ms. Ngamprovides us with a rich reading experience that is at once arresting andpoignant. Indeed, this slim volume of lyrical verse offers its audience a rareglimpse into the often tortured process of self-expression that is good poetry.Here's a sample:
"Souls leaping with sorrow and thoughts / Arrestingminds longing for true answers / Buried deep, deep, deep down in the cruelsoul."
Ms. Ngam's verse evokes that rarest of reaction from today'sjaded reader: one's undivided attention, while the writer shares her innermostthoughts. This collection does just that, with well-constructed couplets thatpeel back the thin veneer of "normal" existence to lay bare herfears, hopes and sometimes painful memories, autobiographical in the extreme,and frequently uncomfortable to read.
"In your image I saw in your face / The smile thatnever ceases, / The voice that sang at our knot ceremony, / An everlastingimage."
"Outside is blurred, dark, cold, breezy and windy;/Thunderstorms are fighting each other. / It starts raining and the eveninggets darker. / We get to bed with our hearts stolen away from us / By fear ofnature and its elements."
"Tired of thinking / Tired of reflecting / Tired ofwriting / Tired of reading / Tired of searching / Tired of laughing / Tired ofcrying / Tired of cooking / Tired of relaxing / Tired, / Tired, / Tired ofworrying. / Even tired of growing./ Tired, / Tired I cry."
And, finally, a happy remembrance:
"Summer fishing / Down the lake, the smell of freshlilies and roses / Butterflies dancing in the soft blowing wind / Fresh leavesand buds swimming with waves of water..."
Five-plus stars to this poet for her courage in setting downthese soul-probing insights for the world to see. Few of us could bear to be soforthcoming, and we sincerely hope there's a sequel soon.