Sense Me – Annum Salman // A book review by Iqra Aziz
Annum Salman – an emerging artistic mind in the literary world is a Pakistani poetess. She has her MA in creative writing from the University of Surrey. Moreover, she is highly talented spoken word poetess who has acclaimed her guts on various literary platforms, at – Write Out Loud, 1000 Monkeys, Surrey’s New Writers Festival and feature shows at Dorking is Talking and That’s What She Said in Shoreditch. She has also performed in Malaysia as well as in Karachi and Lahore for the Pakistani Poetry Slam in Lahore.
“Sense Me” is her debut poetry book that works as a revitalizing dose for human senses.It is well said that human emotions and feelings whether good or bad ,mild or wild, modest or obscene, innocent or damned are only expressed tremendously by the pen of writer. This book is a swirling and swinging portrayal of words tangling with human emotions.
The writer rhythmically sheds light on Patriarchal values, Womanhood , Gender differences , Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Issues, Cross-Cultural problems, Diasporic dilemma, Minority problems, Hybridity and mimicry of colonizers, Pedophilia, Rape culture, Social stereotypes ,Body Shaming, Marital Rape, Plight of being a girl, Labelling, Stigmatizing, Alienation, Loneliness ,Isolation and in short, absurdity of this world.
This book is all about Sensing. It is tangible enough to drench an individual deep to the senses of love ,loss, pain , joy, grief , fear, suffering ,healing , recovering and ultimately blooming.In order to stimulate more the senses of the reader, there is a glorious addition of illustrations in the book,as well. The use of symbolism, Imagery ,metaphors and diction is all modernistic and realistic in approach.
Some notable lines from the book are as under;
- I told him today ,
About when the beauty met the beast
And how grand the feast
- Today, you can write an essay on the effects of colonization in words that aren’t even your own.
- I now stay awake ,
Suffering from insomnia
Sharing visions with imaginary friends
- All my body does is listen
And all I do is punish it
For being itself.
- I am a war machine
Filled with bullets that only fire at me.
This poetic book contains ninety –eight poems on one hundred and fifty pages and is published by AuthorHouse on 01/10/2019.
In my personal opinion, it is a must read because it ponders on various silent emotions that are needed to be discussed .It is not a sort of fantasy inducing poetry rather it makes one to think and rethink till the sense comes.