be active: read a poetry book

Remember poetry? That wonderful genre of literature where words could be fragmented to convey an emotion, a time period, a place, a person or an anything? Words that were silent but loudly spoken in the minds who read it? Words that became the foundation of lyrical play in music? Did you forget the good feeling of those poetic words? Pick up a book of that lost art form and get lost in its beauty. If you need some help figuring out where to start, then allow me to help you navigate through the terrain of written words with my current three poetic picks.

1) 21 pages of 7 poems seem to be a numerologist’s dream but perhaps this coincidence means Kymberly Keeton was meant to write this lovely poetry book titled SOUL Alive! Poetry & Prose. Written in a staccato fashion with starts and stops between poetry and proses, the author somehow dives into a variety of topics seamlessly from romantic love to her Southern roots to race relations. Don’t let the size fool you, this small book packs a mean punch of poetry. It is also a great piece to go back into the poetic world with relative ease. Book will be coming out very soon. I will update once it’s released. // A Favorite: Thinking About My Southern Harlem

2) 7 seems to continue to be the lucky number so far because Yashi Brown, poetess, author, public speaker, mental health advocate, singer-songwriter and my second poetry pick, published 77 poems in her book, Black Daisy In A White Limousine. Her eloquent voice is almost heard through the pages, allowing the words placement to be the conductor of its pace. Going from fast lyrical flows to slow steady beats, the rhythm of her spoken word is uttered without ever saying a word. This book is wonderful for those of you who enjoy Def Poetry Jam and open mic nights or those of you who need something to read that can relate to your highs and lows and in betweens when it comes to your emotional scenes. Maybe her words can also inspire yours to come out and play. // A Favorite: Where Our Minds Can Go

3) Numerical coincidences end here but poetry spreads across cultural and time lines with From Totems To Hip Hop. Edited by Ishmael Reed, this anthology explores poetry in the Americas from the 1900’s to the 200o’s, showcasing an eclectic group of poets’ work. Ranging from T.S. Elliot to Tupac Shakur, this collection provides a refreshing variety of styles and topics that can get anyone interested in poetry again. // A Favorite: Woman by Ina Coolbrith

If these three options are just not enough for you and your literary eyes, then check out more poetry books HERE.


be inspired: the creator

The Creator
by Yashi Brown

I feel this deep longing for you
As if you’re not there
This space stretching from nowhere to nowhere
So wide and deep
In all directions and dimensions your circle of longing is spreading
Shaping and reshaping
Soft and so weak
Pliant and succumbing
I love you with this wrenching need
Don’t you feel it???
Can’t you see?
Of what I have no idea
The force of failure?
The force of greed?
The force of nature couldn’t compete
As if I have something to prove
Or disprove
But I am good!
I swear…I really am.
Pain go away, quit compounding and rebounding – let me get on with it
I guess this is a time for gratefulness, thankfulness
Bow down to the earthfulness
Everything is as it should be
Apparently so
I am okay
And will let go