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Poetry is certainly an art that enchants us with a unique fusion of the essence of life and fabrication of reality. It encapsulates wisdom, philosophy, love and journeys beyond our creative imagination. Most importantly, it has an inherent ability to question and change the way we see things. Prachi Priyanka, author of three books, excitedly insists: More than anything else, our world needs poetry!” She further elaborates: “Look at the world around you. It’s full of filth and hatred, ugly, chaotic and violent. Poetry teaches us how to live. It slowly helps us embrace and empathize with one another. That’s the indomitable strength of poetry you know – to shed a “sideways” light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on us. Illuminate us, empower us.” Prachi Priyanka has recently published her poetry collection Wabi Sabi. The poems here celebrate love, loss and longing in an unpredictable world of impermanence – the beauty of unrequited, unfulfilled and incomplete love songs that may hurt, heal or fill one with hope. The book has been much appreciated by writers and academicians in India and abroad. The foreword of the book is written by New York based Grace Chenxin Liu, Academician andCo-Founder and Director of Social-Media and Marketing for ABC Media. She recommends the book as a must in the reading-bucket-list “for all who believe in the power of love”. In the words of media personality, Abhisar Sharma: “What I like about the poet is how beautifully and in a way that is magical, she tells us stories through her words woven in poetry, giving us glimpses from our own loneliness. Each word is a journey of rediscovery for the reader. These poems are snippets and small rubies of memories that take us back to a time when there was love and catharsis in its purest form.” The title raises curiosity and I ask “Why Wabi Sabi?’ Prachi smiles to this and replies “Wabi sabi is a Japanese concept of living which is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfections. My poems celebrate the same spirit. They embrace life in all shades of light and darkness. And that’s how the book gets its title!” Apt indeed – I agreed. Wabi Sabi is available in paperback as well as in kindle version on Amazon. Dr Prachi Priyanka is an Assistant Professor in the department of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sharda University, India.