Welcome back book lovers to another review! How are you doing? Good? I started my third year at university the other week, and it’s been a struggle to manage everything from writing, work, and the university itself. So, I apologies for the inactivity on this blog lately. I do, however, have a lot of content lined up, so keep checking my social media pages. 😉
Today I will be reviewing a long-awaited poetry compilation ‘April is Lush’ by Indian Author Aditya Tiwari. And guys, THIS IS a beautiful one. I’ve never been the biggest fan of poetry, and in fact, this might be the first poetry compilation I have ever read – but wow am I pleasantly surprised. This piece exceeds everything beyond my expectations, and I must thank Aditya for releasing and letting me read this masterpiece.
Aditya Tiwari is an Indian gay-right activist, who through his poems, shares his personal experiences, and stories of life as a homosexual in such a difficult and changing society. He takes his voice and uses it to give his readers a powerful and devoting message on that ‘no-one can stop you’ saying that ‘there is magic in your veins.’ Through this book, it touches on issues such as love, loss, queerness, and self-worth. With him describing the book as ‘seven sections that take the reader into an emotional journey of light, rediscovery, love, passion, and balance.’ April is lush ushers a new generation into a world of acceptance.
Reading April is lush; I was blown away with how incredible some of these pieces were. Often I was left with a broken heart reading poems of Aditya’s life. For example, how he had described his childhood with titles such as ‘mean things I’ve been told as a child’ and ‘mean kids at school.’ How his difference made him an outcast. Yet what I really love is that Aditya really embraces his difference and decides to inspire and empower others to do the same. Sections such as ‘I will love me if nobody else will.’ Is really captivating. Every piece really does make you think about the world and yourself. Aditya has done a beautiful job of capturing such an inspirational book about such a complex world.
Unfortunately, there was no contents page where I could go back to the poems that I loved the most. But I did manage to screen capture a few– which I will share down below.
To finalise this review. If you ever need a little pick me up or some encouragement, I definitely recommend reading this!
Aditya is currently writing his second book.