BookView Review: Weightless, Woven Words by Umar Siddiqui

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Publication Date: Aug 14, 2022

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

List Price: $12.99 US Paperback

ISBN-13: 9781639884704

Genre: Poetry

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In Weightless, Woven Words, Siddiqui skillfully explores themes of despair, authenticity, resilience, courage, and believing in yourself among others through a long list of poems, each dedicated to a central theme. Through sections titled Desperation, Identity, Subjectivity/ Position, the Human Condition, the Human Connection & Communication, and Perception, the collection examines life’s joys, celebrations, lessons, hardships, heartaches, and special moments, all the parts that ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. From the lost, restless protagonist in “AIMLESS WANDERER” to the person vacillating between hope and despair in “SINKING SHIP,” these gripping poems offer profound insight on inevitability of life’s journey, exploring the unfettered hope and the happiness that often accompanies the ups, the agony that goes with the lows, and the astounding acts of courage and faith required to emerge from the depths of despair when times are not favorable. Through simple imagery and precise language, Siddiqui explores the broad spectrum of human emotion: in “DEAFENING YELLING,” he delves into despair as he writes: “Yelling at the walls, chaos,/ Feeling like a maniac, frenzied,/ I want to see you but I don’t, ambivalent,/ I know I cannot find someone that is your equivalent.” “FALLING APART” explores the absurdity of human behavior and motivation. “I’ve been trying to stay meticulously intact,/ I have been constantly ready for the impact,/ I want it to look effortless that I am stable not falling apart,/ I feel like preposterous to make a fable of not being unsmart.” When read as a whole, the collection inspires readers to embrace all parts of life’s journey. Thoughtful and inspiring, the book makes for an engaging read.


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