Explore by Vijaya Gowrisankar

Explore by Vijaya Gowrisankar

Explore by Vijaya Gowrisankar

Vijaya Gowrisankar in her Shakespearean sonnet “Your inner light” (page 23) writes about the struggle of the woman who must “explore beyond confines of cage” and overcome the very real fight, “rise above distress to stand” and “climb [steps] built by grit, on land.”

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Vijaya Gowrisankar in her Shakespearean sonnet “Your inner light” (page 23) writes about the struggle of the woman who must “explore beyond confines of cage” and overcome the very real fight, “rise above distress to stand” and “climb [steps] built by grit, on land.”
All over the world, poetry is a ‘tool’ by which girls and women escape the limits and the pain and struggle that society places on them. So many cultures, religions, class systems and financial structures ‘cage’ their women. And so Vijaya succeeds at overcoming this with her poetry, achieving freedom and wisdom by means of her words.
Of course, this poet, as in Rejuvenate (page 28) also can come to a finish when she can
Rebuild the hope, repair the wounds
Respect and receive the silence with open arms
thus, freeing the reader, male or female.

In The “worry” sphere” (page 98), we face angst from youth:
First, it was the fear of crossing the road
Then, what if she forgot all answers in the exam?
which she cannot ever overcome.

In adulthood, still she is a “worry worm” now with angst about her future:
She surrounded herself with people, books, and food
How would she handle loneliness, ill-health, and yearning?

Finally, facing death she creates this image:
The tides of an ocean, continue endless, in their rhythm
The rocking chair, is now still, free of a lifetime of angst

In this brilliant poem, the images are so real that they seem almost autobiographical.

Vijaya explains in “Alone” (page 115) how she has developed strength to deal with pain and
perhaps angst as well, “Hot, scorching…The pain is overwhelming…”, but then she says:
Today, when the bare sole is put to test
The soul rises to this quiet challenge
But as she says in Stand Still (124) “the protector comes in predator’s shoes.”

Throughout her poetry, Vijaya Gowrisankar weaves images and disguises messages, which reach out to
us in purposeful images essential to great poetry. She writes in a commanding way, a child of Kipling
bringing us in on a wave that is her poetry. With great confidence, she shouts ‘This must be written.
This must be heard.’

By Mary Barnet

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