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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Pangaea by Hinnah Mian is an introspective poetry collection that recounts stories about the generational trauma left on a brown-skinned young woman growing up in contemporary America. Through her post-modern stanzas, Mian touches upon some heavy topics such as discrimination, racism, sexism, and many more. These poems are an attempt to make sense of the scars etched upon the mind and body of a woman who never felt good enough, beautiful enough, strong enough, or resilient enough to face the world in all its cruel glory. There are several poems that deal with depression and trauma-related mental health issues, expressed in the form of poetic verses that will find a way to pierce even the most sturdy of hearts.
Beautifully melancholic is perhaps the best way to describe Pangaea. The themes and subject matter of the collection elicit feelings of deep-rooted sadness only found by listening to top-tier sad songs. Hinnah Mian has a way with words, and she uses those words to pen some hard-hitting verses that are not only emotionally evocative but also increasingly relevant. People judging others based on the color of their skin or religion, or even background, is nothing new. But it's still very personal for the person at the receiving end of it. Mian's poems feel personal and intimate yet contain universal themes that almost everyone will be able to relate to. Books like these are a plea for empathy and acceptance. Recommended to anyone who enjoys poetry.