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A Bouquet of Love Poems
|by Rob Harle|
The Ballad Of The Bleeding Bubbles by Ratan Bhattacharjee
The Ballad of the Bleeding Bubbles is like a breath of cool, fresh air on a hot, humid day. In this fast paced, often crass commercial world, where money buys most things, except love, love is in short supply. There is plenty of superficial gloss that passes for love, but that true, most powerful of emotions love needs nurturing and embracing. Bhattacharjee with this wonderful collection of poems does just this.
My Heart Becomes A Continent (p. 39),
The Ballad of the Bleeding Bubbles runs to seventy eight pages has an Introduction, a Foreword, a note from Ratan himself and an Afterword by various literary dignitaries these are all interesting and supportive of Bhattacharjee's project but it is the poems themselves, the gold within the ore so to speak, which are important. These are divided into two sections; Part One - Melodies of Love, and then Part Two - Maladies of Love.
This is a brilliant arrangement as anyone who has ever been in love will know, love is often bittersweet and contains within its glorious pod the seeds of elation and ecstasy on the one hand, and potential sorrow and sadness on the other. The book contains numerous black & white illustrations, mainly photographs, one for each poem in fact.
A Boat of Words and an Ocean of Feeling (p. 69)
exquisite poetic imagery. And again in,
My Days Are Silent (p.60)
Poets are truly, brave souls - they craft their poems, often putting themselves and their feelings right out front in the firing line, not knowing how the readers will respond. A romantic poet such as Bhattacharjee in this volume bares his soul, fearlessly for all to see. This takes great personal courage in my opinion, but if the poems are written with the conviction that love is supreme then really the poet has nothing to fear because the reader will resonate with the poems and poet as it were.
"What the world needs now is love, sweet love
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