Black Movie by Danez Smith
‘why does it always have to be about race?’ Because you made it that way! Because you put an asterisk on my sister’s gorgeous face! Because you call her pretty (for a black girl)! Because black girls go missing without so much as a whisper of where?! Because there is no Amber Alert for the Amber Skinned Girls! Because we didn’t invent the bullet! Because crack was not our recipe! Because Jordan boomed. Because Emmitt whistled. Because Huey P. spoke. Because Martin preached. Because black boys can always be too loud to live. Because it’s taken my father’s time, my mother’s time, my uncle’s time, my brother’s & my sister’s time, my niece’s & my nephew’s time… how much time do you want for your progress?
If I could quote this whole collection of poetry and prose, I would. Each one tugged at my heart and filled me with emotion. I read it pretty much start to finish, only pausing once. The words in here are achingly raw, poignant and beautiful. The prose is exquisite and painful and brutal. A must read for sure.
I thoroughly recommend everyone give this their time.
Of Darkness and Light by Despoina Kemeridou
In rivers of hatred,
and oceans of lust,
I’ll roam forever,
until I am dust
Some really good poems in here! This was my first time reading Kemeridou’s poems, and I will definitely check out more by this author! Great stuff.
The Beauty of Words by Gary Pollard
We shouldn’t need to request
To be free.
But some leaders
Simply would disagree.
I stumbled across this little book of poetry completely by random, but I’m so glad I snagged a copy! It’s a really fun, magical (maybe magical realism?), wholesome little book and the rhymes are smashing! Definitely worth reading!
The Smallest of Bones by Holly Lyn Walrath
my body is two-thirds
ABSOLUTELY. FRAKKING. STUNNING POETRY.
I think we write about ourselves so we can become creatures
we wish we could get out of our skin
Walrath is an excellent poet and I cannot wait to read more of her poetry. ♡♡♡
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC.
Fairytales: A Poetry Collection by M.E. Aster
twisted lies and poisoned trees
you are more than that to me
a volatile orchard perhaps
This is a collection of introspective, emotive poetry and prose that is definitely worth checking out! I can’t wait to read more of Aster’s writing.
Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku
by Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis
haunt old stone.
Ooooh, I do adore photography blended with poetry. I’d never heard of Kindku and Sixku before, so learning about these types of poetry was very informative!
I loved so many of the poems, especially the one quoted above and the one inspired by William Ernest Henley, who is a personal favourite of mine. The photography in here is absolutely stunning, too! \o/
Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography
by Cendrine Marrouat, David Ellis & Hadiya Ali
I have seized the light! I have arrested his flight! The sun himself in future shall draw my pictures! – Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, 1839, quoted within.
Oh my gosh, the photographs in here are so stunning. I saw some familiar places, but so many new ones and it’s making my desire to travel so much bigger! Ugh, seeing beautiful pictures while locked inside during a pandemic is just MEAN (but in the best way, haha). \o/
Anyways, this is a lovely little collection of photography and poetry and I totally recommend it!
Thank you so much to the authors for the review copies!