Black Movie (Book Review)

I got this in the mail this morning, much sooner than I expected (thank you, Amazon). I have wanted to read this collection for the past few months and I am no stranger to the work of Danez Smith. I have seen many of his spoken word performances on Button Poetry and this book intrigued me.

Black Movie is about 40 pages long. The poems themselves vary in length, format, and style though they all fall under the overarching theme of the title. Many of the poems center around violence and address issues of police brutality, systemic racism, and references to the author’s sexuality.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Black Movie and I look forward to hearing more from Danez Smith in the coming years.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2231556059?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

 

 

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the sun and her flowers (Book Review)

the sun and her flowers is one woman’s exploration of heartbreak and healing. Throughout the book we see the progression from brokenness, to understanding, to a focus on self-love. The reader may not be able to relate to every single poem, but they will be able to understand the pieces and the emotions that go along with them.

I got this book as a birthday gift a few weeks ago, but I was so swamped by life, I didn’t get to read it right away. This morning, I picked it up and could not set it down. I devoured this novel. I felt emotions I haven’t felt in so long. Certain poems striked up memories I had long suppressed. Rupi Kaur did not just write a collection of poems, she created a masterpiece.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2225219046?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Balloon (A Poem)

I let myself go
Because I realized
I was holding on too tight
And that it
Wasn’t worth the spite
To keep me tied
To the ground
So now I float
Up and around
Waiting for the sound
Of someone calling me home
Acknowledgment of the fact
That I’m never alone
For my God watches over
All that I do
So don’t get it twisted
Or misconstrued

– The Educated Negra