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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings by Nikita Kapoor is a collection of poetry that reads like one all-encompassing poem. A poem that is full of hopes and dreams ahead while still continuing to notice the past and present days that, at times, are full of turmoil and sadness. The poetry brings you into her world at that very moment, and you feel the total emotion of her headspace. Nikita’s poetry is straightforward and without frills; it is hard-hitting prose that will make you feel and think about your own future/present/past in a way that isn’t trite. One of my favorite poems is on page 11, Scarring Emotions over Agonizing Gashes, in which three favorite lines read as: “Because thoughts/inflict worse pain/than physical movements.” Kapoor writes so distinctly and with such an original stark style.
Nikita Kapoor’s Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings is a diamond among rhinestones. Not only is the prose inside the collection something you’re likely never to have read before, but the artwork created by artist Amita Kapur that accompanies the poems is quite breathtaking. It establishes a beautiful balance between the imagery in the poems and the brilliant colors that seem to have their own separate voice about them as well. What most impressed me about Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings was that the author is quite young, and it will be a treat to all readers to be able to follow her career as it continues to blossom from child to adult. You won’t want to miss Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings by award-winning writer Nikita Kapoor.