“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.”– Margaret J. Wheatley
Arc Asylum by Prateek Joshi is divided into five sections of dated entries—each, a prose poem that has a story to tell. I must admit, I haven’t read much prose-poetry and I didn’t know I have a love for it that much until I was halfway through Arc Asylum. The poet, Prateek Joshi, blurs the lines between the two worlds of prose and poetry.
As you flip through the pages from TURQUOISE DILEMMA to JADE FOREST to AZURE’S CALL to AMBER WADING to RUST BLANCHE, you find that you are being with yourself more and just like the narrator, you get a lot of questions asked, some answered, others left unknown.
One of my favourite entries would be that of “August 19, 2020, 08:45”
“In an unlikeliness to the past, reliving a distant memory, the sight is a definite tone for resistance against the darkness’ persistence. In the chase of the sun, we nick past our own goals. We begin as we boom through the blows of life. We rush as we race against time. Nothing separates lies from the lost like the bliss of the monsoon.”
This collection is recommended to those who are caught in between the worlds of fiction and prose but cannot get themselves to choose one. It is recommended for those who enjoy deep poetry, the kind of poetry that gets your mind reeling…that you’d stop in the middle of its read and transcend into the trenches of reflection. I loved the book but my rating of it, thereof, is lower than it should be because of one or two errors I found in there. But then again, it is a poetic piece, despite it having prose features, so you cannot be too strict on grammar, can you?
In the appeal to the reader section of the book, the poet writes:
“As a writer, I encourage everybody to finish the book with encouraging memories and, in this case, a curiosity that shapes their outlook towards existence, the question dealt in the pages.”
Is this goal achieved? You’d need to get a copy of Arc Asylum to find out.