Poems From Indira

Reflections Through Life's Hourglass

Fiction - Science Fiction
98 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2023
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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Inspired by Cliff Ratza's The Lightning Brain Series, Poems From Indira is a book of random poems that reflect life experiences. These poems have everything you may need. They have motivating messages that will help you think about the things that matter in life. The book has consistent themes of nature, seasons, and time. The author has messages of endurance and wisdom for youths. He reminds them to use their time wisely and focus on things and people that matter. The world is always changing, and it can make you lose sight of your goals and dreams, but keep your eyes on the prize. Do not lose yourself on your journey to success. Create beautiful moments along the way, and let go of things that drag you down. Fame and fortune may give us joy, but love comes from family and friends. Stir your emotions and find what makes you happy by reading Poems From Indira.

This is an amazing book. Poems From Indira helped me reflect on the things that matter the most in life. Most of the poems in this book talk about youthful dreams and doing what you like while you still have time. Life is too short to focus on things that do not matter. Cliff Ratza is a brilliant writer who presents this message with rhyming words and metaphorical stanzas. Some poems are random, like the gym hypocrite who judges others and forgets his shortcomings, but they all tie into the book's themes. Other poems refer to the characters from The Lightning Brain Series. Every poem can be interpreted differently, but one thing is certain, these poems will change your life and inspire you to do more.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Poems from Indira by Cliff Ratza is a collection of imaginative poetry which provides delightful entertainment for those who embrace and ponder poetic verse. Ratza connects the poems to characters from his Lightning Brain series, using Indira Ramanujan as his muse. Others in the collection cover Ratza’s daily reflections and include the people closest to him. Sadness, grief, rebirth, motivation, and family are included in the poems, with some whimsical, and others thought-provoking.

Poetry challenges us to find a relatable space within ourselves so that we can connect directly to the poet. In this way, Cliff Ratza does not disappoint us as he describes relevant thoughts and emotions. The meter of most of the poems follows a free-flowing melody, and the rhyme scheme is easy for the mind to grasp. Some of the poems almost feel conversational, and you gain a sense of familiarity with Ratza through his writing. After absorbing his words, you will want to know more about the character who inspired it and Ratza gives you more in his Lightning Brain series. Even without reference to his prior work, Ratza’s well-timed words will linger in your mind. His writing shines as he uses his unique abilities to communicate humorous thoughts many of us may think about but do not say. Poems from Indira will make a good companion and gift.

Pikasho Deka

Poems from Indira: Reflections through Life's Hourglass is an introspective poetry collection by Cliff Ratza. Using Indira Ramanuzam, one of the main characters from The Lightning Brain Series as the narrative voice, Cliff Ratza has penned a mesmerizing collection bound to please poetry lovers. These poems are a reflection of the contemporary world, its problems, beauty, and struggles as seen through the eyes of a person of experience. While some of them focus on the lighter aspects of life, others traverse tougher terrain encapsulating life and its myriad of challenges. From trying one's best to the changing nature of the world, from the somewhat naïve optimism of youth to the wasted wisdom of the old, Ratza's stanzas cover a wide range of emotions and topics related to the human condition.

Poems from Indira comprises an intimate collection that gives readers a glimpse into what it truly means to be human. Cliff Ratza narrates in a first-person point-of-view style, using various rhyming patterns and structures, bringing a distinct flavor to each of the poems. All the stanzas feel meticulously crafted, with clever wordplay that gives depth and meaning to the verses. Ratza also touches on topics closely aligned with the human condition. Some of these include the nature of self-doubt and how it eats away at the soul, the inevitable consequences of skepticism, or the choice of freedom. Of all the poems, "Free to Choose" and "The Magic Path" were two of my favorites, although that may change on a re-read. A gem of a book for poetry lovers.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Poems from Indira: Reflections Through Life’s Hourglass by Cliff Ratza includes stories of life, love, emotional depth, and loss that we all experience and feel in different ways. However, Ratza delves deeper into these subjects in ways that make you want to look closer at the world around you. The poems offer a glimpse into Ratza’s thought processes and feelings. They also offer new ways for each of us to look with a new perspective and to truly experience what they mean to us.

Each poem is unique, just as the emotions we feel are unique to each of us. They are a beautiful reminder that we should not look at things only at face value but rather we should seek to look for the magic and the mystery that is always hidden beneath the surface. This array of poems, with beautiful depictions of the world, will draw you in from the start and connect you to stories that show you something more. Poems from Indira isn’t a work that you read in one sitting, but rather something that you come back to in a search for meaning and an understanding of the world. It’s a series of poems that speak to you in the ways that we all need to hear.

Astrid Iustulin

Poems From Indira: Reflections Through Life's Hourglass by Cliff Ratza is one of those books that demonstrate how poetry has the power to show life from a new perspective. In this poetic collection, Ratza invites the reader to take an extraordinary journey among the most varied themes, which include reflections on youth (often opposed to adulthood), the seasons, and much more. There is even a trilogy dedicated to Remorse, Remembrance, and Renewal and a poem about one of the most famous literary characters titled Ebenezer's Epiphany.

Poems From Indira is a poetic collection that inspired me as I read it. I think Cliff Ratza has been able to give his readers a lot of insights into their lives and expectations. I am sure that poetry lovers will remember what they read here when spring or winter solstice comes. Among the poems I liked the most, I particularly cherished those dedicated to youth and children because I share the representation and thoughts about these times of life. I also greatly appreciated the frankness with which Ratza manages to get to the point so that the reader does not have to search much for the meaning of the poems but can easily meditate on them. I think poetry collections like this one are precious, and I am sure Poems From Indira is one that every sensitive reader will like. For these reasons, I recommend it to anyone who loves poetry and wants to know how talented poets think.