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Swinging Sanity Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07P2SLSP5
- Publication date : March 12, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3468 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 86 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,044,489 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the first stanza of the first poem (“Anything but Sane”), N.F. Mirza likens herself to a “restless lioness.” A powerful image. And the description comes through the poems in this book, particularly in the restlessness of emotions and thoughts.
Some of these poems are difficult to read — “Celebrating the Curse” describes self-harm behavior. I can only begin to imagine the difficulty of writing them. Not only that, but drawing the portraits in the book. Each section of poems begins with a drawing and a quotation. The drawing for “Anything but Sane” shows a face with wide, expressive eyes — perhaps filled with anxiety.
Through the poems and drawings comes a vulnerability of Ms. Mirza being open about her feelings. And with that vulnerability, a courage of making them available to the public. That courage creates the possibility of readers realizing they are not alone in experiencing similar emotions.
Some poems include contemplations with touching descriptions. Like the poet blending with water in “Ocean and I Become One.” Then her soul sitting on a bench, its back positioned toward the world, in “The Day I Sat by My Soul.” These descriptions are moving. Also, they offer inspirations for having our own contemplations about where we might find a bit of understanding and moments of peace.
"Swinging Sanity" is broken up into five separate sections, each one taking you through that particular phase of her life, survival between sanity and it's other half. My favorite poem (I warn you, it will be hard to choose), is "Just Like a Drop of Water." It has such a deep meaning and yet is so relatable to anyone who reads it.
As the book goes on, Mirza's emotions are clearly shown, as she speaks of Love & Loss, and Day & Night, then ends her verses with Random Reflections. From losing her coffee cup in "Dude! Where Is My Coffee?", or the poem, "Blue" where she is trying to decide if it's better to be a leaf or the ocean, N.F. Mirza carries you along with her through the highs and lows, until you can't help but rally around this woman, and silently encourage her to keep going, and never give up!
"Swinging Sanity" is a book I will read again. And I highly recommend you read it, too. To be able to put yourself out there for the world to see, takes guts. And this book has plenty of it! I look forward to reading more from this wonderful poet.
This is your moment, stick it and shine among the golden sun, and tell dirty Diana(depression) you are not needed.
Awesome, keep it up.
Top reviews from other countries
The work is divided into five parts, each a protective canopy over its subject matter. Beginning with “Screaming Numbness” we are treated to exquisitely painful lyrics about suffering and mental illness.
We press on into the pages of “Love & Loss” as she tells her tales from the world of love. As humans, we are never free from pain. We are allowed moments of beauty as a reprieve between the senseless chaos of the universe.
When the flushes of pain and joy are over we are treated to poems about the “Day and Night“. Her suffering mind remembers these times so vividly, and her fascination of the night sky appeals to fellow insomniac in me.
Life is a dazzling series of confusion and clarity. Mirza’s section, “C’est La Vie” has some hard truths about the world we try to live in. When I read these lines they ignite in me my own fears, wonders, and imagination.
The final section “Random Thoughts,” is just that, and we see the author grappling with the suffering of now, hopefully, one day leading to the freedom of tomorrow. Out of struggle, so will the time of quiet victory, and self-assurance be born. Where those of us with kindness, walk alongside those of difficult persuasions. She closes the collection strong leaving us both elated with hope, and sturdy with solidarity. Please buy this poetry collection, it is too exquisite to remain unread.
If this is your thing, go for it.
If you are expecting poetry, I strongly suggest you look elsewhere.