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Impulses Laid Bare

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Β  Impulses are like concealed cracks in porcelain, no matter how much you attempt to hide them, they somehow manage to lay themselves bare. Blame it on the lighting, the angle, or the viewer’s keen sight but deep down we know, these cracks reveal some things about ourselves that we are not ready to accept or at least display. But what if we fill these cracks with different shades of love, acceptance and expression?

Last Updated: March 26th, 2024
Project Started: September 29th, 2022

12 reviews for Impulses Laid Bare

  1. Sagun Sury

    Such awesome pieces! Loved every poem, my top favorites are “I love you so bad” and ” How to forgive”. “I love you so bad” takes the reader on a ride through the subtle dynamic between the two lovers. And the poem “How to forgive” is so on point with the dilemma people face when forgiveness is the only option, the poem is absolutely wonderful! Absolutely loved Alexia’s writing, clear and impactful! Hoping for the next book to be bigger!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sukumar Gangadharam


  3. 5 out of 5


    What else can I say about something I relate to now or have related at least once in my life? We all go through a sea of emotions in waves and impulses come from its foam. However, it’s so hard to put it in words no matter what and alexia did it very beautifully. It was no longer about what should be as everyone dictates but what I truly felt as I went through it all. Thank you alexia, bless you.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Unduly Expectations is one of the best pieces that I’ve read in quite a while!

  5. 5 out of 5


    I love reading poetry (which should be apparent by now πŸ˜‚) and this is my fifth poetry book by the same publisher. It contains eight well written poems on diverse topics. I just couldn’t choose a favourite.

    It is a short read and I finished it in ten minutes. I would like to read more of the author’s works because this was very promising. Definitely recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Impulses Laid Bare” by Alexia is a short collection of poems. The title of the book is very relevant to the content that is shared. The book is divided into 11 chapters, but there are 8 poems with beautiful black-and-white illustrations. The poems and images in every chapter are very impressive.

    The poems are so beautifully penned that they leave so much to be desired. Reading them only once does not feel enough, such is the beauty of the words.

    Each poem presents a wholesome and fascinating story in itself. You will witness a very impactful contour of poetry in this collection. It’s a canvas of thoughtful emotions painted through words. Reading this book made me feel as if I’m covered with blooming flowers and a cold breeze is slightly blowing across my heart.

    The simple words are easily relatable to the readers’ minds. Each piece of poetry leaves an impact on the heart and mind of the reader. It captures the essence of feelings in the different situations of life. It’s a beautiful reflection of reality and human life. It’s a nicely layered book with a good narration throughout. I finished it in one sitting only and I believe it’s perfect.

    Some Poem that I liked was “How to forgive?” and “Chilly Early Morning” a few lines from the poem include:

    β€œπ‘° π’‚π’‘π’π’π’π’ˆπ’Šπ’”π’† 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’Žπ’š π’Žπ’Šπ’”π’•π’‚π’Œπ’†π’”.”
    β€œπ‘° π’˜π’Šπ’π’ π’„π’‰π’‚π’π’ˆπ’† 𝒏𝒐 π’Žπ’‚π’•π’•π’†π’“ π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• π’Šπ’• π’•π’‚π’Œπ’†π’”.”
    𝑰𝒕’𝒔 π’Žπ’π’“π’† π’„π’π’Žπ’‘π’π’Šπ’„π’‚π’•π’†π’… 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 π’Šπ’• π’”π’†π’†π’Žπ’”.
    𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒆𝒆,
    𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 π’šπ’π’–π’“ π’†π’Žπ’‘π’•π’š π’‘π’“π’π’Žπ’Šπ’”π’†π’”,
    𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 π’”π’†π’†π’Œ

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shaoni Ghosh

    We are a montage of memories– memories that we so artistically camouflage in order to fit in. Our ability to perceive things as they are and the living power to re-imagine to conform to the superficialities are diametrically opposites.

    The poet prompts us to step right out, to have a day for ourselves and walk along the pavement amidst the “half-woken faces”— faces drooping in the unfathomable depths of inexpressible emotions. The other half is as obscure as our concealed selves are, but the esoteric knowledge of it is only understood by those who have gone through such failed attempts to “keep the surface pristine”. And as a result, the “concealed cracks” seem to ooze into our reality and all we end up is a blurred perception of our real selves: the shadowlines of loneliness and isolation are now darker than ever before.
    The circular nature of loneliness binds us in and claws onto our walls, and its jaws has carnivorous teeth. It has the ability to slowly churn us, compelling us to dive right “into the abyss”.
    “Looking so made up from outside,
    Dying within”
    This reminds me of Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock’ where we tend to “prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet” and this sense of postponement in terms of action is the simulatenous fear of “rejection to come true.” What if they detest the way we measure our lives? The poet, for the time being, proposes that the circle of loneliness must not trap the readers as it did for the poetic persona. For even though, we sometimes want to let someone in, the fear runs deep in our veins: “Just can’t let you in./ Fear to let you in” for the person intended might be someone who just “come and go/Talking of Michelangelo” and turn out to be one of those phantom listeners and mine would just be “the lonely Travellers’ call” (‘The Listeners’). Although, in the quiet of the moonlight, the voices are clear than ever before, the “plunging hoops were gone” and the poet, Alexia wishes to have “the key to this/Crack this circle” to have the lost sense of communication restored.

    In ‘Is Struggle a Reason?’, the lines “I fear the decay winter will bring…It’s the hope of a sunny summer, keeping me alive.” echoes Shelley’s words: “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” I’d strongly recommend to read ‘Impulses Laid Bare’ because the literature contained in each of the poems gives a sense of that quietness– which may seem “surreal to one’s [my] chaotic heart”.

  8. Madhura

    Poetry I believe is the best way to express and share one’s feelings/secrets. We use metaphor because many times, we are afraid to name the feelings we feel, in such places a poem walks in for help.Β 

    In today’s time everyone wishes to be perfect, and this perfection is measured by comparing with others. We forgot that not everything can be compared, each of us is a different shade of colour and fragrance, and each of us has a different scar. These poems are about the scars we hide from others to flaunt our perfection.Β 
    Is this a good thing?
    Why can’t we be what we truly are?

    Every poem/art is understood differently by each person, the first poem for me explains the pale and unhealthy life which we hide from the world. I feel this pain stays with us because we are more worried about hiding it than healing the pain. I accept it is not correct to trust everyone but staying alone and living in loneliness is not a healthy decision. We need at least one person with whom we talk about our true feelings, and the second poem is all about this lonely circle. In the third poem the poetess speaks about the struggle calling it the hurting winter but what about the winter fantasies? What about the ones who pride themselves in the struggle?

    I loved the fourth poem, I accept I support it but can’t deny I love it. That dark shade of love holds its magic. The fifth poem is more like a bipolar personality, it’s not a problem or ailment for some it is the outcome of their decision. A decision through which some are ready to live. This poem is yet again a shade of love where one knows the other will leave, yet can’t stop loving them. In the last two, the poetess speaks about expectations and forgiveness in her style.

    The collection may be small but every poetry lover will love it for its style and charm.Β 

  9. 5 out of 5


    Book review:

    This book is a collection of poems that impart light to impulses that any person tries to hide from their loved ones. It tries to colour a canvas with different shades of love, acceptance and expression. Every crack becomes an experience to share, a valuable lesson or just some quirks that make you who you are today. This book is a marvellous attempt at painting the mosaic and laying it all bare.

    The poet has tried to ponder on different shades or colours of life. She has penned down adroitly the hardcore feelings of a lover or a girl when she says in her poem, “I love you so bad.” She pours light on the fact that any girl who is in love doesn’t care about the hardships, pains or extreme behaviour of her loved one whether she likes it or not. She can destroy herself completely just for her love.

    Few verses of a few poems I want to share :
    “Forgiveness was never a selfless act,
    To forgive is not to forget.
    Forgiveness is kindness to myself,
    To preserve my sanity while it lasts. ”

    “Pardon my indulgences but they don’t change the fact!
    It’s expectations that poison your life, not my act.
    The key to this is drawing a line.
    Respecting boundaries both yours and mine.
    Otherwise, pour yourself some disappointment with a wedge of lime.”

    I liked reading these verses full of deep emotions hidden deep inside. Do give it a read.

    Happy Reading!

  10. 5 out of 5


    As it has been so very rightly quoted, our impulses are what said to be the key factor in revealing our character and they are what compel people to respond to certain circumstances.

    But sometimes, there may come a point of time in our life when instead of taking decisions or doing things the way we want, we fear what others are thinking about us and this makes it difficult for us to comprehend and navigate.

    In the book, β€˜Impulses Laid Bare’ by Alexia, we see a collection of poems that are straight from the heart of the poet, the ones which are able to leave behind an imprint and help give valuable teachings to all the readers.

    They say that there are times, when regardless of what we do or what we are, we always have to face the consequences of being judged, and the main reason of it is because of the society that we live in.

    In such cases, the poems from this book can be said to be a total eye opener and will make us understand how there is no way we can control how other people are recieving or reciprocating our energy.

    Every single little thing which we do or what we say is always going to be filtered on the basis of the lens that others are holding or through the perception of how others view us.

    Hence, from the poems, we see just how it becomes imperative that rather than giving someone else the power over us, we should do what we feel right for ourself.

    Though this was a very short collection of poems, these were something that give powerful message and I would definitely be open to reading more from the poet. Hence I am going to give this FIVE STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  11. Kriti s

    Book: impulses laid bare
    Author: Alexia


    This book is a vivid collection of well-thought-out poems depicting the nature of human emotions in a wide variety.
    In the book, Impulses are like concealed cracks in the porcelain, no matter how much you attempt to hide them, they somehow manage to lay themselves bare. Blame it on the lighting, the angle, or the viewer’s keen sight but deep down we know, these cracks reveal some things about ourselves that we are not ready to accept or at least display.

    If you are a poetry addict you will love this book. The poems are beautifully illustrated and I loved the use of similes and metaphors.
    If you are a poetry addict you will love this book. It has something for everyone
    The book is well-constructed and executed. It’s an interesting read with heavy emotions

    My Top Favorites Are β€œI Love You So Bad”,
    “How To Forgive”, and β€œI Love You So Bad”.
    Loved the authors Writing, Clear And Impactful! Hoping For The Next Book To Be Bigger!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Biswajit Samal (bookloverbiswa)

    Impulses Laid Bare

    The collection of poetry in Alexia’s book, “Impulses Laid Bare,” are written from the poet’s heart. All of the poems are overflowing with feelings of love, friendship, heartbreak, loss, and acceptance. It tackles human struggles, unfiltered emotions, and daily urges that we all experience rather than just being a collection of verses.

    The pictures or sketches that were utilised throughout the book were excellent. They provided a strong link to the poetry and, overall, made the reading go extremely well. Each poem tells a worthwhile and interesting narrative in and of itself. This collection of poems exhibits a very powerful shape. It’s a painting of meaningful feelings that have been expressed verbally. I had the impression while reading this book that I was surrounded by blossoming flowers and that a cool breeze was delicately brushing against my heart. The readers can quickly relate to the straightforward language. Each work of poetry has an effect on the reader’s heart and mind. It perfectly expresses how people feel in a variety of life circumstances. It’s a lovely depiction of life and reality. The novel has a strong voice throughout and is wonderfully layered. It took me only one sitting to complete, and I think it’s beautiful.

    At the conclusion of these poems, you feel the feelings, the emotions, the bewilderment, the doubt, the hurt, and the love, and I want more of it! After reading, I liked being utterly uneasy! I want more of it, I say! Overall, this book exceeded my expectations with its wonderful pace, themes of sorrow and healing, and charming poetry!

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