NEW HOPE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW

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VIHANG NAIK: MAKING A POEM
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VIHANG NAIK: MAKING A POEM

A collection of poems to do with writing and reading poems, linked to a bit of homespun philosophizing and glimpses of the poet's past and various creative ventures. There are 25 poems in all. Here is a nicely-done image from MAKING A POEM:

	To write a poem the pen
	has to slide making a line

			over a sheet. You see a
			snake uncoil.
There are other appealing images, as in MAKING OF A POET:
	sometimes you feel the urge to fly
	with birds against the sun
Here is another from IN RAINS:
	A girl folds her
	newspaper into a boat

	and makes it flow
	over flooded waters.
To be honest, subsequent references in most pieces to writing a poem, or failing to do so, do not really seem to add so much to them and their images. Here is the final poem in the collection, A POET:
	in metropolis
	a poet

	hunting 
	a butterfly

	ends up
	with a pen

	a blotted 
	image

	a poem

reviewer: Alan Hardy.