Thanks to Guest Blogger Rene Schwiesow for her review of “Love Poems” in Doug Holder’s Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene.
I was surrounded by her vibrant artwork (she had a show hung in the space) and we chatted about many of our similar interests including our need to write.Kanta has a tenacity that I admire combined with energy and action. When she puts her mind to a task it is virtually complete even as she thinks about it. She also has a caring, loving soft side that translates well to her book Love Poems.
This work is not about sappy, teenage infatuation, but rather takes our thoughts about love to a higher level, to a place where love encompasses all relationship – that with family, others, and That which we consider the Beloved, God.
In Love Poems, Kanta has combined delightful, energetic drawings with “hand-written” quotes from well-known individuals such as Rumi, Hafiz, Saint Augustine and Gibran and tossed them both with her own poetry. This poetic, artistic salad feeds us with wisdom, color and fun. I greatly appreciated her analogy in “Socks:”
She spends time speaking to a phenomenon that most of us are familiar with in meeting a person who carries burdens, anger or sadness in “Traveling Light.”
*****Rene Schwiesow is a co-host of the popular South Shore poetry venue The Art of Words. She writes a monthly arts column in The Old Colony Memorial and enjoys reading her work as feature poet and at open mics.