By Maggie Talbott-Malone
In N.K. Said's poetry collection "Loneliness and Other Vast Bodies of Water," there are 33 poems included--several of which have already been showcased and published by other literary magazines. Recently, Said reached out to Body Without Organs to showcase her poetry collection. (You can find previous pieces from Said within BWO here and here.) The first and last pieces of the collection share parallel titles, and the collection makes many references to pop culture, loneliness, and even Said's own poetry.
“N.K Said's poetry collection, 'Loneliness and Other Vast Bodies of Water,' pierces the very heart of what it means to be young, afraid, and romantic in our very big and very fast-moving world,” Maheen Shahbazi, poetry editor for Body Without Organs, said. “We are all growing up and feeling so lonely, so lost. In her chatty, witty dissections of the self, we see fragments of ourselves, rare shards of thoughts that we think we are unique in having.”
Said’s collection intrigued me, not only by the unique titles of the pieces, but also by the structure of her writing. Each poem is written in its own specific way, the structure of the pieces grabbing my attention each time they change. I was stuck on the way the analysis could change based on the way the text looks. Said goes back and forth from writing in large blocks of text to splitting the text up into lines. The collection was very well executed, and Said has created an amazing work of art that will resonate with all readers in some way.
“The poet should be extremely proud of her collection and how she has woven threads of reflection, self sabotage, desperation, suffocation and sadness tightly together, and yet the poems make the reader feel curiously lighter, recognised and understood. Great work.” Shahbazi said.