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Your Soul is a River

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This is a book about the journey of healing from trauma and becoming whole again.

Directions: apply to your soul gently, whilst sitting under the stars.
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published June 12th 2016 by Thought Catalog Books (first published August 6th 2012)
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Norah Una Sumner

My soul has been so touched, so blessed by this book. I always reach for poetry when I'm hurting the most and I always find comforting words among beautiful poems that connect with me from the very beginning. That was the case with Your Soul is a River - I've cried, smiled, hurt and healed. Nikita Gill really touched my heart and made me feel everything I was hiding deep inside. Thank you for that, Nikita. I am looking forward to reading her newest poetry collection Wild Embers. I know I will l
Mar 30, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
I don't know if it's due to my mood or the fact that I'm not into these types of poetry styles anymore, but I can't be bothered to continue on with this.
DNF at 50%.
Lily ☁️
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Your Soul is a River comprises poems about love, loss, grief, and heartbreak—about all the things you experience in life, in short. It is about the journey of healing from trauma and becoming whole again. But most importantly, it is about remembering to love yourself, above all.

“And first,
before him
and before her
and before them
there was

Never forget that.”

I liked this collection of poems. Liked, but didn’t love. Compared to other poetry books, such as Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers, i
خوندن شعرهای این کتاب، مثل اینه که بشینی پای حرف های مادربزرگ؛ اون وقتایی که مشغول کاره و داره برات حرف میزنه، نصیحتت میکنه، بهت میگه سخت نگیر... و تو فقط با گوش دادن به ریتم صداش آروم میگیری. شک ندارم خیلی ها مثل من میتونن قسمتی از احساسشون رو لابلای این اشعار پیدا کنن و خودشون رو بین کلمات ببینن.
بیشتر صفحات از حقایقی میگفت که شاید همه بلدیم، اما کسی تاحالا اینقدر خوب و زیبا اونها رو برامون یادآوری نکرده.

Of all the things
That are most flammable
In the history of the world,
I have encountered
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Nikita Gill's poems are profound and compelling. I was able to connect on most of the poems and I really enjoyed it! Gosh, some of it struck my heart. The reason why I didn't give this five stars because some of them are redundant especially on the middle part. Still, I recommend this poetry collection.

The poems that stood out for me:

Stars Shine Brightest

Sometimes the happiest
and most carefree people
hide the stormiest,
painful ache inside their hearts.

You cannot predict
what is in someone's heart.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
If they truly love you,
they will love you
when you are ocean breeze,
but also when you are summer storm.

You were not made
to be loved in parts,
you were meant
to be loved
as a whole.

I've been reading Your Soul is a River for months, which is just aptly, because this is 160-pages long. I can see why some people cited it can become repetitive. The collection is divided into eight categories: the cosmos, fire, the storm, ache, the sea, wild, the earth, and heal. Some of the poems are decent, but most a
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this book I realized so many truths. I found myself among these pages, and at the end I felt refreshed. Renewed.

"The stars do not bring people back. No matter how much you miss them or need them. No one tells you that hope can sometimes be a dead thing. Just like no one ever tells you that you are wishing upon dead stars."

I was told that I was too hopeful, once. That was difficult for me to understand because without hope, what do you have? What do you hold onto?
Now I know...sometimes that
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i loved all the words, from the beginning to end, you should definitely give it a go!! here are two of my many favourite poems:

"if every single of
your beautiful, terrible emotions
could be translated into words,
even the biggest library on earth
would not be able to handle
the amount of books you could write"

"the earth grew you
limb by limb
within her womb

you owe it to her
not to turn her body
into a tomb"

Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought Your Soul is a River was just "okay." It wasn't horrible, but I went into it expecting to have my mind blown, and that moment of epiphany just never came.

There were a couple of poems that I really liked, like this one:

"The river has taught me
more about my soul
than any person
I have ever known.

How to adapt to any vessel
How to dream in fluid motion
How to love and then to let go."

But the rest of the poems... just fell flat for me.

Poetry is subjective though, so I can see why this might res
Emilie Emzbooksandco
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Update 04/03/18

My favorite part is still the Cosmos one aha! (I’m still obsessed with stars)
I enjoyed the book with more than the first time! Which is really interesting actually.

The fact that this poetry book is divided into 8 themes is really interesting and i really liked it! My favorite part was the Cosmos one (because as you may know I'm obsessed with stars), but I really enjoyed the other ones too!
Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"And first,
before him
and before her
and before them
there was you.

Never forget that.”

This book is so beautiful, it's very aesthetic, you'll adore the illustrations and the symbols and everything that's meaningful for the poetry inside. But also, I love the message, I love how the author underlines the theme of self-love, how important it it to love yourself above others. Because yeah, love can be fucking great, friendship can be healing and the feeling of caring for someone deeply is amazing, but
Acordul Fin
The rating is purely for "The Cosmos" and "Heal" sections, as I felt these were the only ones I connected with. I've read the entire collection, and I thought many of the poems were beautifully written, but the other sections are simply not relevant to me at point in my life. I would've probably appreciated them in my teenage years/early 20's.
Larnacouer  de SH
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: epub-epub
You deserve someone who knows there is stardust in your veins and that you are the sun.
 ✨ Dianna ✨ (mylifeasannaidreading)
What a perfect collision of stars it was that come together at just the right moment at just the right time, to build the incredible thing that is you.

Wow. I didn't expect to really like this book. I've read a lot of this "trendy poetry" lately, some even before they're published and I don't know, they didn't satisfy my taste. So I was surprised that this book is really good. I love the space concept so much and to be honest I love almost all of the poems inside. I highly recommend this book
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
didn't expect to love this book
Eunice Moral
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
My most favorite poem here is:

The Sound of Heartbreak

It is eerily terrifying that there is no sound when a heart breaks.
Car accidents end with a bang, falling ends with a thud, even writing makes the scratching sound of pencil against paper. But the sound of a heart breaking is completely silent. Almost as though no one, not even the universe itself could create a sound for such devastation. Almost as though silence is the only way the universe could pay its respect to the sound of a heart fal
Hiba Arrame
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE IT!!! Deeply, honestly, truly love it!
What a combination of beautiful metaphors and mesmerizing language and heartwarming sensations, so honest and touching.. I found myself layed out in almost all the parts, which really spoke to the deepest part of my heart... So well written, with so much love.
What a perfect collision of stars it was
that came together at just the right moment
at just the right time,
to build the incredible thing that is you.
Absolutely magical.

Nikita Gill's words are filled with understanding, courage, hope, loss, recovery, pain, healing, and love.

Such an incredible collection of poems for everyone who's going through rough times and think they'll never make it. You can make it. You will make it.
Abigail Monhollen
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Couldn't even finish this.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved every single page. The manage this woman has with words... Jesus Fucking Christ. I am In Love.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry

A modern poetry collection that's divided into eight sections; each addressing a different theme. Frankly speaking, i did find it a bit repetitive! However, I truly enjoyed it. It's quite soothing

Now to be more honest, i've got to mention that the rating is purely for "The Cosmos" section, because oh maan, it got me soooo goooood <3
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A wonderful, encouraging little collection.
I am not a fan of poetry, contemporary in particular, but this one is truly well done and what I truly appreciated were all the parallels and connections to nature.
Ishmeen {hiatus}
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am in love with this omg
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
“We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.”

I've been looking for a poetry book that would blow my mind for ages. I've finally found it. Nikita Gill writes poetry that blows your mind. Such beautiful words that leave an everlasting effect. This will definitely not be my last read by Nikita Gill.


And first,
before him
and before her
and before th
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-voices, read-2018

Nikita’s writing is gorgeous and visual, I cannot wait to read her next book. Although I didn’t connect with too many of the poems here I got an intro to Gill’s work and am beyond exited to see what she writes next 🙏🏽
Neil (or bleed)
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
she was the kind of girl
who was a chaos of contradictions
from one second to the next,
for her mind was never free.
~ Nikita Gill

5 Shining Stars... I really like her poems
Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Chiamatemi insensibile, quello che ve pare, ma per me è carta sprecata.
Questo dovrebbe essere un self care book, attraverso il quale dovremmo guarire da traumi che affliggono le nostre vite ed aprire gli occhi su alcuni concetti ed aspetti che le caratterizzano.
L'autrice lo fa attraverso delle poesie molto ripetitive e simili, mettendo te (io, voi), insomma il lettore afflitto in relazione con l'universo, cose tipo "Sei come le stelle che riflettono la luce.., sei la polvere di stelle che.. et
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
If you're hurt, if you're in pain, if you feel broken, if you feel like your heart will never heal; read this book.
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Nikita Gill is a Indian Sikh writer brought up in Gurugram, Haryana in India. In her mid twenties, she immigrated to the South of England and worked as a carer for many years. She enjoys creating paintings, poems, stories, photos, illustrations and other soft, positive things. Her work has appeared in Literary Orphans, Agave Magazine, Gravel Literary Journal, Monkeybicycle, Foliate Oak, MusePiePre ...more
“Some people will always taste like fire and leave the ones that love them tasting like ash.” 73 likes
“she was the kind of girl
who was a chaos of contradictions
from one second to the next,
for her mind was never free.”
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