POISON / Kinga Fabó book review by Linda Ibbotson


Kinga Fabó book review by Linda Ibbotson

This is a bi-lingual, Indonisian- English publication and I firstly applaud the achievement, challenge and hard work involved in translation of poetry.

Kinga’s poems exude originality. The first poem ‘Isadora Duncan Dancing’ sets the precedent, bringing energy and sensuality by means of visually powerful and harmonious imagery. “Like sculpture at first. Then, as if the sun rose in her, long gesture”

It is as if Kinga takes you by the hand and dances through many facets, revealing not only passion, beauty and grace but also encompassing raw and honest experiences.

Her poem reminds me of the theatrical in ‘Among Dusty Stage Props’ and expresses sensitivity and is intuitive, reflecting upon universal pain that usually tends to remain buried in life’s crevices. She conveys a deep yearning in ’Not Because It’s Chic’ „I exist in roles. I want colors! Colors!” and cleverly weaves philosophy into both the imagined and real “a Salingerish Zen koan came to mind / this / Which way do the sunflowers turn in the night /” quote from the poem ‘Snowqueensnowking’.

Kinga has a vivid and evocative use of language and paints her words with colour and metaphor.

“The song painted on the wall falls down.” In Half Circles and “Open, the sea appeared asleep. Carrying its waves. A pulse under the muted winter scene. Throwing a smile on the beach.”

A poetry book that delves deeply into the emotions of desire, triumphs and fragility, words that stimulate the senses, each hand sewn with a poetic thread, one that resembles a tapestry of light and shade.

A book that enriches the soul, a thoroughly enjoyable and meaningful read.

(Kinga Fabó RACUN/POISON, bilingual Indonesian-English poetry book, Teras Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2015.)


Linda Ibbotson


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