December 2, 2023


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Book Review: Now a poem Now a forest by Paresh Tiwari

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Ankush Banerjee, a Delhi-based poet, researcher, and Naval Officer reviews Paresh Tiwari’s poetry collection, Now a poem Now a forest (Red River, 2022) and calls it an exquisite reimagining of (Poetic) form.

  • Publisher: Red River Press, New Delhi
  • Publishing Date: May 2022
  • ISBN: 978-93-92494-01-7
  • Pages:  91
  • Price: INR 299.00/ USD 9.99

They have escaped burnt manuscripts and bombed libraries. Their

bellies a bottomless pit of hunger, feet a cold trail of blood.”

From ‘My Poems are Refugees’ (p.85)

In an online interview, Paresh Tiwari describes himself as a “writer, poet, and cartoonist in the body of an Electrical engineer”. Poet, cartoonist, and engineer – it’s an intriguing combination (it merits attention that as a poet, he has been published widely in the genre of Japanese poetry, especially the haiku and haibun). On closer scrutiny though, one realises these callings are not so different – each requires subtly working on or with delicate things – imagine an electrical engineer manipulating thin wires of a small circuit, a cartoonist’s 2B pencil finely slicing white spaces on paper, or a (haiku) poet hard at work, chiselling exquisite sets of 5-7-5s. An editor of two anthologies, and author of two full-length poetry collections, Paresh Tiwari has been around for a while, assiduously working with the Japanese forms of haiku and haibun. In his third full-length collection of poems, now a poem now a forest, he brings a mature aesthetic vision to fashion a unique poetic diction, which illustrates to us, in poem after poem, what a haibun in specific, and poetry in general, can do, in hands of a skilled ‘poet-engineer’.

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