Literature Reviews

Review: on the border by Darshana Suresh

on the border

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Title: on the border

Poet: Darshana Suresh

Genre: Poetry

Where to buy: Payhip (it’s actually free!)

Summary: A collection of poetry about borderline personality disorder.

Content Warnings: mental illness, self-harm, suicide, suicidal ideations.


My thoughts

on the border is an incredibly honest collection of poetry from beginning to end. Although I do not have BPD, I identified with each poem and recognised myself within Suresh’s metaphors and precise thoughts; as someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, and mood instability, I felt so understood. I strongly recommend this collection to anyone who has mental illnesses and struggles with them every day, as this chapbook discusses the feelings of a person who endures mental illness every single damn day.

There are only ten poems in Suresh’s chapbook, but it has been one of the most impactful reads this year, for me personally. Poem #6 was a particular favourite as Suresh alludes to one of my favourite poems of all-time, ‘The Hollow Men’ by T. S. Eliot:

like eliot said,

this is the way the world ends

quietly, quietly, like leaves

turning away from the sun,

six, p.10

This particular poem was so immersive and saddening; a bittersweet thought of leaving the world quietly without anyone really noticing.

Why did I read it?

It was free and recommended on Tumblr.

Does the poet have other works?

Darshana Suresh has written other poetry collections, Sugarplum, Wolf Blood, and Fleur.

Overall…

Darshana Suresh’s words moved me to tears. I needed to read her words. If you enjoy honest, distinct poetry, then this is for you.

– Melissa Jennings


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