‘Wild Embers’ Nikita Gill

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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.

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First and foremost, I’d like to thank Nikita Gill and her wonderful collection for presenting me with a great opportunity to whip out my adorable panda and kitty page markers that I received over Christmas…

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Asda Living if you’re wanting to get your own space kitty bedding.

I’ve read a lot of poetry over the past year and I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said Nikita’s Wild Embers is by far my favourite collection yet.

Compared with a lot of other poetry that I’ve read, I found the poems within this collection to be…simple. ‘Simple’ is a word that carries often negative connotations, but I use the description in this instance in the most positive of ways. I find it’s common for poets – myself included – to use overly fancy metaphors which, while beautiful, can detract from the message that the poet is trying to convey. The focus becomes the cleverness of the metaphor and not the importance of the meaning it carries. Nikita’s poetry is beautifully written but, at the same time, gets straight to the heart of the matter.

One of the running themes throughout Wild Embers is this idea that pain is normal and that we’re allowed to feel it. Very often, well meaning poets write things like “Don’t let anyone bring you down!” and it can almost make you, as a reader, feel weak for allowing negative feelings to attach themselves to you. Nikita assures each of her readers that feeling like this is normal and that it’s okay to feel sad when reflecting on the past, but at the same time she gently encourages us to move forward…to almost thank the pain for what it has taught us and use the strength it has bestowed upon us to move forward. One such example of this can be found within the piece Graveyards and Gardens, in which Nikita talks about the graveyards we harbour inside of us, graveyards which are made up of the people that hurt us and the memories that go along with these people. She talks about us making gardens from these graveyards, using the nutrient-rich ground under which these memories are buried to build afresh. She doesn’t tell us to eradicate those bad memories; she simply tells us to use them as a base upon which to create happier ones.

One of my favourite parts of this collection was the poems dedicated to fairy tale princesses, such as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. We’ve all heard retellings of these famed stories, but Nikita puts a completely unique spin on them, writing about how Cinderella’s godmother was, in fact, a lawyer who took her stepmother and stepsisters to court because they had unlawfully evicted her from a house that was legally hers. Taking some of the magic and miracles out of these fairytales and reimagining these women as resourceful, pragmatic individuals is refreshing and each of Nikita’s readers will be able to see a little of themselves in these characters.

I can’t recommend Wild Embers enough!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Song: Two Steps from Hell’s Victory 

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This book is available on Amazon in both e-reader and paperback format.

19 thoughts on “‘Wild Embers’ Nikita Gill

  1. wow! Graveyards and Gardens sounds like a seriously brilliant poem with a really great message! Love that you’re exploring and enjoying some interesting poetry and bringing your thoughts about the collections to us… I often want to describe something as simple and mean it in the best possible way, so I understand what you mean 🙂

    PS! Love the bookmarks- how adorable! 🙂

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    1. The whole collection is brilliant. If you’re ever in the mood for something uplifting then this is for you! That’s one of the things I really enjoyed about it…it talks about pain, but it’s so uplifting too. It’s about how we move forward and thrive regardless ❤
      I think simplicity is definitely underrated. I find some writers can try too hard to make something beautiful when something far simpler would suffice.
      I know, right? ❤ I love how they just peep out the side of the book and wave at me! 😛

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  2. Simplicity for the win! You don’t always need large, elaborate and poncy words to make a point or get emotion across and sometimes less is more and simple is better and also at times more relatable.👌
    And because you haven’t posted for ages and I’ve not used the word Sproggy! Sproggy! Sproggy! Sproggy! Sproggy! Sproggy! Sproggy! Sproggy! Sproglet! Sproglet! Sproglet! Sproglet! 😂😂😂😂

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    1. I think you’ve definitely filled the sprog quota for the past month and maybe even for the next month as well 😂
      You’re right, though. Simplicity is sometimes way better. Sometimes I read poetry on Instagram and, as bad as it sounds, I find myself rolling my eyes because the writer has just tried way too hard and it’s just been reduced to some wordy metaphor with pretty imagery but no substance or meaning.

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    1. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on it! Another thing I liked about it is that it doesn’t follow the micropoetry trend that’s currently very popular. There’s quite a lot of substance to each poem!
      Thank you, it felt good writing a review after so long ❤ Things are a bit up and down here, but hoping things will be more on the up from now on 🙂 How are things with you? ❤

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      1. I am sending you all of the positive vibes and hoping it is all on the up and up soon 💗 Everything is “normal” here. I small snag with meds this month that set me back a few, but I am ok!
        I received a collection recently with more substantial poems in the collection as well and am excited to explore them. The micropoetry is nice, but I enjoy lengthier poems. Sometimes they feel more in depth. Although some writers can certain make a huge impact with minimal words!

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      2. I’m glad that you’re okay despite the set back ❤ I'm hoping 2018 will be a lot smoother for you in regards to your health!
        I know what you mean. I'm a bit hit and miss with micropoetry…some poems I read and it's like, "Oh my god, how can so few words affect me so much!?" and others it's like "Well, that was a pretty sentence, I guess?" 😛 I find a lot of poets have jumped on the micropoetry bandwagon and while it's good to be inspired by others, sometimes it's good to branch out and create your own style ❤

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