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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
All Pure — Poems of Passion, by Deepak Menon, is a collection of quatrains about love, loss, and trying to find meaning in life after experiencing pain and sadness. Menon’s poems portray a raw soul that is open and honest in its emotions. Readers will be challenged by his lines as they are asked to consider whether love is worth the pain that comes from losing it. This book asks the question of what is the meaning of life. Is it to gain answers or is the pursuit of answers where we find meaning? Readers will journey through these lines with the speaker as he attempts to reconcile his pain and understand the world around him, even though it is crumbling around him.
All Pure — Poems of Passion is a worthy read for lovers of poetry and pursuers of philosophical thought. Deepak Menon’s poems are short and precise, which makes this a quick read, but they are poignant and thought-provoking enough to keep a reader thinking long after the words have been read. I admire the raw emotion the author writes with and the openness with which he shares his thoughts. There is no barrier in place between the reader and the speaker of these poems. My only concern about this work is the format it has been written in. The quatrains have been pushed together, three or four to a page, which creates a hurried feel to the book. There were moments I felt I was lost in pages of lament and emotion with little meaning provided. However, after pushing these concerns aside, there is much merit to be found in Deepak Menon’s collection of poems, and I think All Pure — Poems of Passion was an enjoyable read.