"Amaranthine" is a poetry collection by Ami J. Sanghvi which details her six-year, young adult journey of love, hate, pain, anger, discovery, growth, and, survival. It is a compelling, poetic promise by the author to herself, her loved ones, and her readers that she will continue to write, fight, and persevere through every obstacle, hardship, and injustice life throws her way. More
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"Amaranthine" is a poetry collection by Ami J. Sanghvi which details her six-year, young adult journey of love, hate, pain, anger, discovery, growth, and, survival. The poems delve into topics of abuse (emotional, mental, and physical) in both platonic and non-platonic relationships; there are also a handful of pieces which describe the aftermaths of surviving sexual harassment, assault, and violence without actually divulging those experiences themselves (the author is still working towards comprehending and penning the vilest parts of her young adult life).
The grating scenarios depicted by the poems in “Amaranthine” almost seem to repeat themselves, as if though the subject is stuck in a cycle of sorts, for a good portion of the book. Yet, that changes. After breaking free from the [human] sources of her pain for the umpteenth time, the character struggles to keep her head above the surface. She has not been able to succeed at this venture in the past, but this time, her attempts at recovery result in something she’s never actually known before: a lengthy period of actual self-exploration, self-love, and independence.
The collection persists, and the poems come to portray some of the countless internal and external battles which can follow instances of trauma. Here, the central character also finds herself struggling with sentiments she’d never been aware of before: doubts about her future as a writer, terror at the rapid passing of time, fantasies of revenge and, of course, utter bewilderment in regards to her life. Still, she begins to embrace her own strength, worth, beauty, and passion and, in that, she finds that she is amaranthine. The poems begin to show her emerging on the other side; she falls in love with mixed martial arts, addressed here solely through boxing-heavy verses, reemerges as a poet, and finds that she is just as much of a fighter as she is a writer. She is just as strong as she is creative and, in that, she is a survivor. She is amaranthine.
This poetry collection doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality that recovery and happiness aren’t these immediate or constant things like we’re made to believe they are; in fact, “Amaranthine” blatantly defies the myth of easy contentment by taking its readers on a rocky, painful, uncomfortable, and unpredictable journey, only to then abandon them at stormy sea when they were eager to reach sandy shores. The adventure of life is only just beginning as the final poem in this collection draws to a close. Harmony is still decades upon decades away… if it really is at all.
“Amaranthine” is a compelling, poetic promise by the author to herself, her loved ones, and her readers that she will continue to write, fight, and persevere through every obstacle, hardship, and injustice life throws her way.
She is, and always will be, amaranthine.
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