Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about this poetry collection as I am a huge fan of Nikita Gill’s poetry. While I believe this collection was absolutely phenomenal, it does talk about spousal abuse and sexual abuse, so if you have experienced either of those, I would steer clear of this one until you are far enough along on your healing journey to handle topics like that. However, I do believe this collection is about loving yourself and healing so parts of it could prove to be very beneficial to anyone going through just about anything, in my opinion. But enough with my vague ramblings. Let’s get into it!
“You cannot burn away
What has always been aflame”
Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.
Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth.”
Nikita Gill is one of my favorite contemporary poets, and I have been following her work for years. This poem collection definitely was not what I was expecting, but I definitely still enjoyed it. This book really is about how important it is to love yourself. It really touches on this really abusive relationship she had been in and how that changed her, and that was something super beautiful but also heart-breaking to read. I personally could identify with so many things that she was speaking about in regards to her abusive relationship because of my sister and what she went through with her ex-husband.
In this collection, she also ends up rewriting fairytales and mythology since we all know it is society’s version, which by definition is the man version of how things went down in these fairy tales. For example, she turned Sleeping Beauty’s tale into one on consent and how she would teach her own daughter that just because you find something pretty does not give you the right to kiss them without their consent. She rewrote them to show how powerful these women were and how they didn’t need men for love or marriage. They were powerful, independent women who were not naive or overcome with love, but strong, willing to do whatever it takes to fight for what they believe in, which I absolutely loved, and it is a message I will be passing down to my nieces and nephews as they grow up.
I also just really enjoyed these really beautiful and lyrical metaphors she was using. It was very heavy in comparing the human body to space and the universe and stars and planets, and it was absolutely beautiful to read. I was struck by the realization whilst reading this that parts of these poems might have been spoken word poetry, and I imagined how absolutely riveting it must have been to see the passion in this woman as she performed these poems so close to her soul.
Overall, I just found this poem collection to be absolutely gorgeous and a must read for everyone, especially young women growing up in our patriarchal society today, and I cannot wait to read even more from Nikita Gill!
And there you have it! That was my review of Wild Embers by Nikita Gill. Who is your favorite contemporary poet? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!