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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The Poems of Everyday by Vikas Parihar is a collection of original poetry that is primarily in free verse. It navigates themes of temporal existence and the struggle to find permanence within transient emotions and experiences. Take, for instance, A Preoccupied Man, which dissects the paradox of wanting to live in the present while being ensnared by past regrets and future worries. It critiques societal pressures and the constant battle against time, ultimately painting a poignant picture of the human predicament. Conversely, Deep Down in My Heart utilizes the Pantoum style to explore the fleeting nature of inner qualities and a yearning for deeper, more enduring connections. Parihar's collection eloquently captures the shared pursuit of meaning and permanence in the ordinary moments of life.
The Poems of Everyday by Vikas Parihar may not look particularly long at first glance, but the amount of time spent rereading and reflecting certainly makes it more engrossing than many longer collections. The standout poem to me is The Past, a free verse poem that probes impermanence, longing for change, and rumination on human existence. Its work is wonderfully contemplative, and I loved the analogy between the cycles of life, using autumn leaves as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of existence. Parihar creatively critiques human behaviors and societal patterns, emphasizing the repetition of desires, struggles, and biases. Parihar's wish to alter the past symbolizes a universal longing for change. Throughout, Parihar's compilation shows us a rare and raw honesty that feels personal and strikingly authentic. Very highly recommended.