Review of 'City Times and Other Poems' by Vihang A. Naik
Vihang A. Naik writes in English and is published in literary journals and widely anthologized in India. His poems have appeared in The Indian P.E.N., Indian Literature, Kavya Bharati, POESIS: A Journal of Poetry Circle, Mumbai, The Journal of The Poetry Society (India), The Journal of Indian Writing In English, The Journal of Literature and Aesthetics, The Brown Critique, and poetry anthologies. His poetry is also included in some significant e-publications. He is educated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with English Literature, Indian Literature in English Translation and Philosophy. He had his primary schooling from Navrachna School (Baroda).
Writing Style: 4/5
‘City Times and other poems’ by Vihang Naik is a collection of 36 soulful poems divided in six parts.
Love song of a Journeyman
The Path of Wisdom
At the Shore
Being avid reader and lover of poem, this collection was like a bliss to me. Now a days I have been reading many so called modern poets who claim their poetry to be modern but the very feature of modern poetry, the feeling of emptiness, absurdity and symbolism or allusions are never visible in any way in these poems. When I got this collection from my friend for review, I was sceptical that what would be there in chest for me? As soon as I started reading it, I found it worth of reading and adding to my list of favourite works. I found the work to be worth of calling literature. With throwing lights on the world around us, poet draws our attention towards the ignored yet the most affecting sockets of life around us. The type of people we deal around us and the way they or else city life affecting human and values. Uses of images like Chameleon, Crabs and many more to mention.
This collection is worth reading. Mentioning few poems as most affecting one would be kind of injustice to other works in the collection.
My ratings for this work 4/5.
Genre: Modern Poetry
Ebook: 80 pages