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Wet Silence: Poems about Hindu Widows

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"Sweta Vikram captures bold raw passion, poignant reality and crafts a powerful voice for the voiceless."

--Kate Campbell Stevenson, Actor & Producer

Wet Silence bears moving accounts of Hindu widows in India. The book raises concern about the treatment of widowed women by society; lends their stories a voice; shares their unheard tales about marriage; reveals the
Kindle Edition, 82 pages
Published July 12th 2015 by Modern History Press (first published July 1st 2015)
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A poetry collection that hits hard. Gut wrenching emotions pour forth. How do I review it? Being an Indian, I have heard, seen, felt enough. So close that the mind shuts down.

Widowhood is a curse even now in many parts of India. She is made to shun all worldly pleasures. She can't attend any auspicious functions. Can't wear colours, can't have certain foods. I have heard it all and more. In my paternal grandma, who was widowed at 18, with a two year old son and carrying another in her womb. And
Emma Ramos
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dylan Thomas said, “The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.” This month, Poet Sweta Srivastava Vikram hasn’t added one good poem, she has added forty-nine. Wet Silence: Poems About Hindu Widows, Modern History Press, 2015, is a collection of forty-nine poems written from the perspectives of widows living in India. The widows are never named, but they each share a common bond: their husbands have passed away and they are expected to live in mourning for the rest of ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Powerful. That is the word I would use to describe Wet Silence, the newest poetry collection from Sweta Srivastava Vikram. I devoured this collection in one sitting and went back to reread several pieces and I know I will read them yet again in the future. This collection relates the hardships of Hindu widows in India. We don’t know the women the stories speak of but we know that their stories are shared by many other widows in India.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received Wet Silence by Sweta Srivastava Vikram in exchange for an honest review and I was really excited to read it. I haven't read much poetry before and when I got to the final page of this book I was blown away.

Wet Silence is a collection of beautifully crafted poetry based on the true stories and interviews of Hindu widows in India and how society treats them as well as how they feel after the deaths of their
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stirring and Deep
It is not every day that one comes across poetry that can touch one’s very soul. This book ‘Wet Silence’ by Sweta Srivastava Vikram is piquantly stirring and rips apart the hypocrisy of our so called morals. It throws much light upon a subject that reeks of pain and gloom, and calls for urgent reforms. Her poems on Hindu widows reflect the depth of suffering, be it psychological where a widow is expected to mourn and be as “brooding like soot on windows”, or sexual and societal,
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wet Silence by Sweta Srivastava Vikram, which is on tour tomorrow with Poetic Book Tours, is a stunning collection of poems that give voice to the often solitary lives of Hindu widows. Whether these women loved their husbands, fell in love with them, or merely stayed out of their way, without them in their lives, these women struggle with the emptiness — a vacancy where desire, love, and affection should be. These women could wail and weep but it does not negate the fact that they become ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good poetry takes the particular and makes it universal and 'Wet Silence' does just that; these poems speak of the lives of Hindu widows, each with her particular grief, but even though for some readers (like me) this is a strange new world, we can still relate, because these poems speak of universal emotions like mourning and love. But it also works the other way around. From the universal emotions we all can relate to, 'Wet Silence' takes us to the particular experiences of Hindu women. The ...more
Sakshi Kathuria
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short chapbook of poetry with fresh eyes and openess in my heart. I loved a couple of sections of the poems for the vivid imagery it created in my mind and for the rich lustre of the words Sweta used easily to stir the emotions in a women's bosom. I am going to pick up another one from her collection of poetry soon enough.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I don't normally read poetry and as a newlywed I think it was rather cruel to myself to read this book however I felt it was important to do so. I started reading this just within a few days of getting married and needless to say I was in tears by the end of the first poem. Additionally it was just completely fascinating reading the poems and imagining all of the things these women had to deal with. Husbands
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love reading poetry. I used to think it was a chore but after a few classes and really learning how to read and appreciate the form, I’ve been on the lookout for interesting collections to read. This one caught my eye and I’m so glad that I joined the blog tour for Wet Silence because it’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read.

The sheer difference from one poem to the next, although the theme of widowhood ties together each piece, is startling. So many women can live through the same experience
Joyce Yarrow
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These poems are so true to life that they draw the reader into sharing love and loss with equal empathy. Sweta Vikram has stretched the boundaries of poetry to the point where they disappear and what we have is direct, visceral experience of the lives of others. In the title poem, Wet Silence, a widow talks to her husband:

You took big bites of my bones
sucked my marrow--
I noticed cobwebs in the ceiling,
waiting for you to pull out
another stream of unpunctuated slangs.
You left me feeling like a
Mihaela Day
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wet Silence: Poems about Hindu Widows by Sweta Srivastava Vikram is a heart touching and inspiring collection of poems written by Hindu widows from India. In the Hindu culture, when a woman loses her husband, she cannot remarry, she has to wear white saris, and she also can't eat certain foods anymore. This is a collection of poems depicting some of the most intimate emotions a woman can muster. Some of the widows miss their husbands dearly, while others are happy to be free of their abuser. The ...more
Isla McKetta
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
An insightful look at the culture of widowhood in India covering a wide array of experiences. I wanted different things from the language.
Arun Budhathoki
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am not able to give a proper review of this amazing book right now. It is powerful and I am trying to understand the central theme, silence, for now.

Monica Bhide
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely book... painful and beautiful at the same time.
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Sweta Srivastava Vikram (, featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of 11 books, writing coach, columnist, marketing consultant, and wellness practitioner who currently lives in New York City. She teaches the power of yoga, Ayurveda, & mindful living ...more