BOOK PICK FOR JUNE

THE UNICORN & OTHER POEMS BY ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH

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My book pick for the month of June will veer off fiction into nonfiction and for this I am picking a classic collection of poems by an American poet, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, titled The Unicorn & Other Poems. This book of verse is a classic of all time as I have read it over and over again since I chanced on a first edition many years ago and till today I am still in love with its assortment of its sweet lyric poems that reverberate with magic.

What is so fascinating and magical about The Unicorn & Other Poems, you’d want to ask me right? Well for one, its book-cover design. Yes, I love the image of ‘The hunt of the unicorn’ represented on its cover. Its leafy background and the unicorn in captivity foreshadow the surreal journey awaiting whoever intends to explore the magic reposed in its pages. From the cover, you then open into segmented contents of the book divided into various headings of existential themes- Love, Death, Captive Spirit, Open Sky, Wind of Time. All these headings incorporate verses that speak about deep musing of the poet, laced with lyricism that is unequalled.

I love the book for so many reasons. I love its deep poems that convey the depth of thought of the poet, capturing essence of reality in witty and metaphorical lines. I also love the poems for their seeming simplicity which makes them easy to read and enjoy. It is when you dwell on the meaning behind the words of the poems that you can experience the magic locked within it. Anne Morrow Lindbergh is a painter of words, a master painter whose palette leaves art that speaks to the soul of its beholder, exciting the brain like a line of coke (oops!).

Take Even- for example, the third poem in the collection. It sings about freedom. Freedom for the poet is expressed through various medium- ‘bare top twigs of tree’, ‘as a gull’, ‘as a spear of grass’. All these metaphorical symbols represent the very essence of freedom to the poet, who situates the reader in the midst of their elemental connection. If you follow the poet through, you will float with her into space, experiencing the sublime magic of ether world. At the end, like the poet who was ready to give up all she had, you too would want:

“Him that I love, I wish to be   

Free-

Even from me.”  

The Unicorn & Other Poems by Anne Morrow Lindbergh is a classic book that I recommend wholeheartedly to my readers. The gems locked in the slim book of verse will open you to a new world- of magic, of escape, of sublimate ecstasy that only true geniuses can conjure. Go and get it for an unforgettable ride on a unicorn.

Till next month when I present you with another great book, keep reading classics.

Rosalie Banks

Author, Teacher, Naughty-Girl

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