Garden in a Seed by Nazanin Mirsadeghi

I enjoyed reading this book of poetry about love and relationships and self. I could deeply relate to the poet’s portrayal of womanhood, love, relationships. 

The book is divided into five parts, which follow the cycles of love and loss and certainty and doubt. While Ms. Mirsadeghi uses a lot of abstract language, her sensory imagery is also really solid and strong. The first section, “sprout,” is about self confidence. I can imagine this section would be especially touching for anyone who feels that they don’t fit into the mold of who society expects them to be. 

“woman! 
wear your psyche with confidence
complicated is the new black” (14). 

The second section, “hail,” is about a toxic relationship where a man expects a woman to conform to his expectations. I could relate to this section just as someone who has always been “too loud” and “too much.” 

“I don’t have 
what you expect in a woman

I sing too loud
walk too fast
act too wild” (35). 

The third section and my personal favorite, “nurture,” is about a fulfilling romantic relationship. This section is really beautiful, and it made me think about and appreciate the beauty of some of the healthy relationships in my life. 

“You are a clumsy man who scatters
his kindness, his warmth
and peace 
everywhere he goes” (85). 

The fourth section, “endure,” is about grieving relational loss. 

“It’s no one’s fault 

we were two colors of ink 
bright and bold 
vibrant and beautiful 
on our own 

we bled into each other’s lives 
and made one big dusky mess” (108). 

The fifth section, “bloom,” is about acceptance, hope, memory, safety, serenity, and healing. This section reminded me of my friends who are more zen than I am, haha. But my favorite poem from this section is “I have a jar full of precious things” (127). 

I liked how the book followed this cycle from self-discovery and fighting for oneself to a fulfilling relationship to loss to peace. I like the wide emotional range in these poems because I could relate different poems to different experiences I’ve had. 

I give this book five stars, and I would definitely recommend this book of poetry to anyone going through a difficult relational time, or anyone who enjoys poetry. I received an advance copy of this book for free, and I’m leaving this review voluntarily. 

Originally posted on Literature Approved

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