Shape of Emptiness

Shape of Emptiness

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The lyric gift of Chumki Sharma's poems in this collection crumples convention with a whimsical soft touch. Her drug works quickly in poem after poem, whether she is summing up the whole universe of single motherhood in "My Little Van Gogh" or letting the coffee cup of no substance disappear into herself as in "Shape of Emptiness." Or is it herself disappearing into her poetry? The collection shows us an entire universe of disappearances and leaving in poem after poem as the poet leaves the circus, the gallery, the forest, the lover. She is the poet of escape.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 4mm | 64g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 192541759X
  • 9781925417593

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"Chumki Sharma is a poet of swift movement in the line and sharp edge to the image. Shape of Emptiness is a brave book of poems by a speaker facing aging and the loss of love. In poem after poem, Sharma throws herself back into life. Having read the Tao, she ends many poems with a stabilizing haiku, as in "Sleepless." ... Here you will find a voice you can trust and a music to live by." Roger Mitchell, author of Lemon Peeled the Moment Before New and Selected Poems

"As an editor and poet, I was humbled by Chumki Sharma's collection of poems in Shape of Emptiness. Chumki draws you to a place inside her where reality no longer exists. Her poems take you away from the body and make you ponder, then draw you back into the poem. The poems are hypnotic, sometimes whimsical, with a sense of loneliness, yet celebration. There is a depth of loss capturing finality--a sweeping away of the old with the new forcing to replace itself with a "crunch," a trust and rebirth. Chumki touches on all emotions--heartbreak, regret, resignation, anxiousness, and yet each poem brings it all back, like a single red leaf, like a haiku." Mary-Jane Grandinetti, Editor of Shot Glass Journal and The Fib Review
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