City Times and Other Poems
In loose chronological fashion, and mirroring the fleeting existence of mankind as individuals and as a people, Vihang Naik crafts a sobering collection of poetry, City Times and Other Poems. Employing symbols and ideas that spark thought and facilitate contemplation, Naik shares his insights into the mysterious life journey we all must take. One of the more powerful symbols utilized is wind as a representation for death. Another clever parallel drawn is the representation of life and its fleeting nature using a romantic relationship as storyteller. And a few blank pages in the middle of one poem surely elicit more questions than answers. The collection is divided into several distinct chunks, each one focused on a particular aspect of human existence. Within each section, the passages are brief spurts of poetry. Both of these features handily allow for well-timed pauses for the reader to ponder the ideas.
The poems themselves are long enough to convey images and thoughts, yet short enough to facilitate those necessary pauses for contemplation. The general mood of the collection is somber, yet accepting. We are asked to stare into the face of our fleeting existence and be okay with that. We are asked to celebrate life’s temporary nature. We are compelled to accept that we have no influence over the natural way of the universe and that we are ultimately just a blip on its radar. Given that the ideas presented are universally relevant and pertinent at any life stage, Vihang Naik’s poetry, City Times and Other Poems, is a gift for anyone to ponder and enjoy. Read this thought-provoking collection in an afternoon or over the course of a lifetime.
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