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The cover of Flashback features a flash of lightning tearing the night sky, intercepted by a white strip of paper, over which the letters of title, Flashback, cast a subtle shadow. Such is the poetry in this book:

It turns the noise of life into listening for a meaning, into the gentle rumination of a poet, a young woman with a great capacity of observation at the world, and most of al at herself. In eight short lines, the opening poem, Going and Staying, makes a transition between a declared determination to leave and an admission of her failure to do so. It is crisp and profound. Another poem that touched me was Who Will Listen To My Songs? It is a premonition of what will happen to her poetry in the future:

Who will listen to my songs
When I am gone?
The twilight will hold you
In her loving arms
And you will pine and long
To find the meaning
Hidden in my songs

And she goes on to ask:

Who will listen to my songs
When you are gone?
The long endless night
Wearing the veil of the starry sky
Will smile at the spaces
We left behind, and allow
The storm to steal my melodies
And show them the morning light
Lest they are forgotten overnight.

If you enjoy poetry, you will enjoy the voice of Jaspreet Mann Kanwar. Who will listen to her songs? Will you? They will touch you in the most subtle, delicate way.

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