Romi Jain, in her book Poetry! You Resurrect Me, presents us with visual poems but not in the familiar sense. Her images surprise, even jolt us awake to take us beyond the expected, the orderliness and commonness of comfortable statements. It is, however, not a jarring ride because Jain stops short of deep abstraction. She lifts us high enough to introduce her light, reflective nuances of language while remaining steadfast on the earthy soil. It is a powerful combination. Skilled in beautifying subjects from science to humor and a touch of the celestial, Jain’s strong and consistent voice personifies her declaration in the book’s preface that “…a poem carries a magnetic charm…” ”
—Alice Shapiro, The Taj Mahal Review, Vol.12, No.1, p.215.
Romi Jain, a poet and novelist, is Vice President of Indian Journal of Asian Affairs. She has published a fiction titled The Storm Within (2008; 2011) and a poetry book Poetry! You Resurrect Me (2011), apart from contributing to anthologies and poetry...