(From the foreword by Kris Saknussemm) As with all the poets I most admire, words are living things for Tikuli. But as you will come to discover, they are never deployed for their own sake. She uses them to tell stories. The images, scenes, characters and fragments of visionary empathy that you will find in this book are all rooted in her native India-and yet they reach out far beyond national and cultural boundaries. They do so because they have an interior cohesion of spirit. Her subjects are often the dispossessed, the lost…the abused. There are undercurrents of sorrow and anger. And yet love shines through, even when it seems to be fading away. Above all, there’s a powerful sense of hope at work-a conviction in the redemptive strength of poetry.
Review Exerpts :
“Tikuli’s full blooded new book of poetry “Collection of Chaos” is too good to be missed. Her poems are direct and strong and I would not want to be on the wrong end of one of them. But when the occasion demands her writing is heartbreakingly tender and you’ll want to put your arms around her.“
John Lyle , Canadian Singer , Song writer.
“I liked the collection; at your best you have a sparseness and precision that reminds me of haiku-forms, and this is rather rare in Indian English poetry, which tends to be verbose and self-indulgent! You often draw upon personal-emotional states: this would usually put me off, but in your case it works because you find a sort of objective mental/imagistic backdrop for them, and invest them with economy of expression. “
Tabish Khair , Noted Author , Poet.
“The poetry in ‘Collection of Chaos’ must be read. For those who enjoy structural unconventionality in poetry coupled with bold issues usually made invisible, this book offers a most mature poetry. For those who like it lyrical and light, the verses on nature will leave a permanent impression on your minds. And for some others who like to take it slow, to read a poem a day, know that each poem of this book is like a world in itself – offering you thoughts to think and maybe ideas to pen even. I got mine! “
Sakshi Nanda, Blogger, Book Reviewer.
“Every writer is a city unto themselves.
Their memories and experiences; the streets and avenues.
The reader is conveyed via the words and lines of the poet.
The miraculous journey gifted to us to see the sights, and hear the sounds within these cities. Tikuli’s newest collection of Poetry, ‘ Collection of Chaos’ provides the reader with this privilege. To journey with her through those memories and experiences. Her poetry is powerful, miraculous, extreme in its undertaking to convey the heart and mind of a universal writer, who not only speaks to some, but to all. ”
William Burkholder, Poet, writer, artist.
Collection of Chaos by Tikuli (Leaky Boot Press, 2014, foreword by Kris Saknussemm, cover by Rachel Slade), edited by my english friend James Goddard, is a primitive book of flesh and blood, passion and pain. Collection of Chaos is a book to read and reread, without fear of being overwhelmed by real life.
Alessandro Canzian (Samuele Editor, Italy)
It was a pleasure reading your lovely collection of poems, they tell a story of a poet’s inner turmoil and emotional journey. Though there are sad undertones in quite a few of them, they are lovely to read. Some poems about silence are heartbreaking.
Sulekha Rawat (Book Reviewer/Blogger)
“Collection of Chaos” is the perfect title for Tikuli’s impressive collection of poems. Dealing subjects as varied as human condition womanhood, nature, hope and loss – to name a few – each poem rings true with experience and thought. A new bright voice in Indian poetry, Tikuli proves that we have much to expect from this horizon, not to mention a lot to learn. “Collection of Chaos” is thus not only a fantastic collection, but also an important one, as it places life back where it lies, in the heart of chaos.”
Sebastian Doubinski( Renowned author)
Skilful language with a controlled use of dramatic images makes the heartrending subjects she writes about bearable, as they touch you and caress you but are rarely violently demanding of your attention.I don’t enjoy language that’s too adjective laden, believing always that ‘less is more’ and Tikuli’s poems are sparse, delicate yet full bodied.
Kalpanna Misra ( Blogger/Writer)
“These poems are staccato of images, shot repeatedly at close quarters, they penetrate and reemerge in hue of words and distances. I take it to the hospital and pick up a few poems after having repaired gunshot wounds. They talk to me in different times among many differences. I believe, her poems didn’t need a foreword, or a mentor as she explains in the development of her poems. If contemporary Indo-English poetry scene needs to be realized and felt, there was never any need for an evolution; poetry exists sublimely in the sociopolitical environs of India.”
Dr. Amitabh Mitra (Poet/writer/ medical doctor)
“Tikuli’s collection of poems are a deluge of emotions, each separate piece a heavier thought than before. Her words definitely come from a lifetime of myriad experiences and jarring observations, from changing times. From the little understanding that I have of poetic meters and such, Tikuli has ventured to utilise very different forms of poetry, and yet maintained her voice in it. She has given expression to a whirlwind of emotions and yet Tikuli manages to maintain order in the usage of correctly chosen words.“
Vibhuti Bhandarkar Nayak (Author/Blogger/Artist)
“She plays with the words like a master craftsman, creating one masterpiece after another. The poems are mostly in free verse and Tikuli makes use of it suitably. Each poem has its own story to tell, there are not just mere verses depicting the abstract, each line has a meaning, every word has a tale hidden underneath.”
Rhiti Bose – Author/Blogger/ chief editor Incredible Women Of India.
“The book I’m currently reading, ‘Collection of Chaos’, preserves brilliantly penned poems by Tikulli Dogra, wherein, each single syllable or the consonant rattles my damaged, forbidden pieces to produce a sound that is engulfed by nothing but a white noise, thereafter. Such is the experience of reading this book.
I realize that I should read this book very slowly, where I allow my particles to be consumed by each poem as I progress, where I must pause in the moment that empowers me to pause, and then move forth; and where I let my goosebumps to feel the white noise only to kill me.
I want this experience to last for a very long time, giving each poem its entire space in the moment”
Kabir Malik – Poet. Cinema Enthusiast. Digital Marketer.
“Just as the title implies, Collection of Chaos is an absorbing assortment of everyday thoughts and emotions. Through her intense expression, which I found to be brutally honest and very relatable, Tikuli deals with issues and experiences ranging from womenfolk, adulthood, love, romance, hope, wish, despair, hurt, youth, solitude, nature, night, eternity, etc. Searching for the meaning of life within such subjects, she carries her reader along.”
Satyender Dhull (BNomadic) Traveler, Travel Blogger, Reviewer
“A book of poetry lyrical and meditative. Some poems are about women condition, other about speech and silence, all with a freedom of form, the unity of this “chaos”, is the poet herself, in her attention to subtle aspects of life.”
Rebecca Behar , French poet and writer
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