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Crimson Skins by [Devika Mathur, Candice Louisa Daquin]

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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GCWK4D5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Indie Blue Publishing (August 19, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 19, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6530 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 158 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1951724038
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abstract and stunning
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 12, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting surrealism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, subtle, aesthetic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, subtle, aesthetic.
Reviewed in India on October 13, 2020
Crimson Skins is an astounding and aesthetically beautiful poetry collection written by Devika Mathur. I have known her through primarily WordPress, myvaliantsoul and Instagram where she shares her poetry and prose. Published in many journals and literary magazines, Devika surprises us again with Crimson Skins which entirely emanates her writing styles- surreal, raw, powerful and pleasing. She writes Crimson Skins in five parts: Isolation, Detachment, Delirium, Attachment and Revival.

She writes as if she hums a lullaby. With lines as

“our lotus bodies sinking like air”,

” You kissed me like a newborn baby’s skin”,

“anxiety turns a woman into a liquid flower,
again, I am an organ supporting my other organ, all alone”,

she proves she has a penchant for words and metaphors. She hits such right chords at the right time leaving the readers stunned repeatedly.

In section ‘Delirium’, Devika infuses indecipherable imagery in her poetic pieces; fearless and courageous, it seems while reading, the words are her weapon as well as a relief. With pieces like ‘The Sunrise’, ‘Shape-shifter’, ‘Madness’, she portrays an amalgamation of light and dark, the sanity and madness and what not. She writes,

“This body is now a temple,
I give birth to seasons now.
I speak and something bizarre happens.
I wander and a leaf detached itself to fly.”

Her poetry reflects truth in moments. She makes you feel the heaviness in air and emotions. Her words may hit you at times like a bullet and soothe you the other times. On the other hand, she writes sensual and pieces like ‘Talks with night’, ‘To You, Darling’ where you will find yourself afloat in her words.

The mention of mother in few pieces such as ‘Insanity clicks’ & ‘Mother, I see you’ makes her poetry intense and sentimental.

Devika has an impeccable sense of imagery which she proves throughout all the sections. The perk of reading her book is the few pieces were open for multiple interpretations to me. The book ends with the Revival section comprising of many rejuvenating pieces. I recommend readers who are looking to read lifelike moments blended with wild and powerful imagery, and subtle at the same moment.
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