Poetry writes itself when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the words to express itself. Notion Press, India’s leading self-publishing platform, presents Cygnus by Crystal David John, a compilation of various short literary forms that source inspiration from various walks of life.
In an astronomical context, Cygnus refers to a prominent constellation in the northern sky. These twinklers align against the deep dark sky to form the shape of a swan, and hence, affectionately identified as the Swan Constellation too. Through her book Cygnus, author Crystal David John attempts to offer a glimpse into her own life. Comprising of little endearing snippets, every component in the book is a result of her keen observations of life along with the multitude of interactions and encounters she has had with interesting individuals throughout her life. These moments in her life shine bright against the monochrome background of her life; they are essential to her, they are a part of her.
Cygnus isn’t solely an anthology of one kind of literary form. Instead, the book is a creation of several quotes, ideas, short poems and tiny tales that are the stars that line up to make the constellation beautiful and whole in its universe. These compositions depict real life and are a crystal clear view at the same through the writer’s eyes. They are genuine in the sense that they are experiential; however, it doesn’t feel superficial. Sometimes these forms may seem cryptic and translucent like a diamond, and at times, clear as pure water, either way, precious. Most of the variety is broadly entertaining and at times, satirical. However, they always manage to stay grounded, and in touch with the reader with an aura of authenticity and accuracy to life in general. Like the ugly duckling who was transformed to be a swan, this book, Cygnus by Crystal David John, represents some delightful, as well as bitter-sweet experiences, that the author has endured in her life; experiences that have gone into designing this endearing collection of literary forms.
Cygnus author Crystal David John is an associate professor of economics at the prestigious Stella Maris College, Chennai. As an artist, writer, and a passionate feminist, she holds a PhD in Economics and is an ardent advocate for gender equality. Inspiring hundreds of her students annually, her classrooms are a learning ground bubbling with inspiring stories and thought-provoking lessons that often initiate healthy discussions. Her unique teaching methods, subtle sarcasm, unusual sense of humour and authenticity interests everyone who have had the privilege of being a part of her class. With a credible reputation in the field of gender economics and feminist epistemology, she is an outstanding teacher of public finance and public economics.
A millennial at her core, Crystal David John infuses creativity and a unique style to crave her own path on the nebulous platform of social media by sharing her writings and artwork with the world. Her fresh quotes and other works resonate with her progressive ideas and beliefs. On the creative spectrum, she is unapologetically herself, and it is this part of herself that she yearns to share with the world through Cygnus. Grab your copy of Cygnus in print and e-book format at the Notion Press Bookstore amongst other leading e-commerce portals such as Amazon and Flipkart.