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I could say that I would love to pick a favorite poem, but you will find as much as I did that poetry -- it's word takes us on a journey, a journey so incredible that we cannot have a favorite. If you are looking for beautifully written poetry than look no further with Brown's Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet. - Denise Alicea
From the Author
Unscrambled Eggs was my first poetry book, and it would be seven years before I would ever publish my second book of poems. Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet is the follow-up and it is a collection of poems and articles about living a life of fulfillment.
Nadia Janice Brown is a poet, writer living in Florida. Her poetry and articles have appeared in national and international magazines, and literary journals. She is also the founder of www.author-promotion.com. Visit her web site at www.nadia-brown.com
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poems by Nadia Janice Brown. They are spiritual, inspirational and full of `writer' sensibility, which I love. The tone is `quiet,' making this little collection perfect for your night table, to be read before bedtime.
Brown's pen touches upon various subjects: God, the Genesis, marriage, fear, happiness, love, inspiration, writer's block, and the daily tribulations and insecurities of writers, just to name a few. Some poems break the general tone and are more serious, such as the one titled, "So this is Love?"
I've gotten used to broken things, Even now to hear rage slice through doors portrays a semblance of normalcy. The brunt of your fist pelting my spine is the only fixture in this home. And you say this is love? Sorry does not undo the scars perverting my features, will not restore fractured limbs.
Some of Brown's lines are beautiful and vibrant, such as these ones from "England:"
...I am standing on a Manchester bridge feeding birds with crumbs of desperation, giving them portions of my worries. What they don't eat is packed away and stored like lunch meat in the marrow of my bones...
The author also includes several short essays among the poems, thus creating a sense of variety with her prose. Subjects such as what is your purpose in life, planning and preparing for change, living your dream, procrastination, and overcoming the author's blues come alive under this author's pen. If you enjoy poetry or have a friend or family member who does, I recommend you grab a copy of this uplifting collection.
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This is the first time I have read a book of poetry cover to cover, and the first time I have reviewed poetry. In general, it tends to not be "my thing", but I have to admit I really enjoyed many of the poems included in the book. There is a nice mix of the personal, the general and the spiritual in BECOMING -- something for everyone from a poetry perspective. Many of the pieces have a definite female take, but I am one, so that didn't bother me.
I also liked that I never felt "out of the loop" when reading these poems. I had no trouble following the language or understanding the symbolism being used, which can sometimes be a problem with the poets I have read previously.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry.
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Becoming: The Life and Musing of A Girl Poet Author: Nadia Brown
There are many inspirational poems within the pages of this book. The author shares her thoughts, feelings and understanding that life has specific hold and purpose for all of us. Without defining why we are here and what are goals and purposes are it's like walking in the shadow of another person and living their dreams not your own. The serenity and tranquility of the poems as you read them will create a feeling of warmth and calm as you sit back in front of a warm fire, in a cozy chair or in your own bed reading them together with someone special or by yourself. As you read each poem and the final three articles you will learn a lot about the author but even more about yourself as you take another journey into the life and thoughts of this outstanding poet in her book titled " Becoming: The Life and Musings of A Girl Poet," by Nadia Brown. The collection is replete in thoughts, ideas, and feelings that will help you look within yourself or see your reflection in a mirror clearer minus the distortions and hopefully learn how to use your own intelligence and wisdom to reach your goals and purpose in life.
There are several poems that I will showcase and refer to the articles at the end. A man walks into your line of vision and you can't help but notice him. He is tall, handsome and exudes confidence and definitely, just from his appearance alone and manner makes you feel secure in his presence. " What Pleases Me," is the first poem that I am spotlighting which most women can identify.Read more ›
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Becoming: The Life and Musings of a Girl Poet, is a collection of poems and essays by Nadia Brown that offers some lovely and unique poetic nuggets within its pages. In some cases, Ms. Brown's approach to poetry is raw and authentic, and it's in the more personal poems that this reader found the greatest beauty.
Take for example, this poem, which is my favorite in the collection:
"So, this is Love?
I've gotten use to broken things, even now to hear rage slice through doors portrays a semblance of normalcy. The brunt of your fist pelting my spine is the only fixture in this home.
And you say this is love?
Sorry does not undo the scars perverting my features, will not restore fractured limbs. You've always said temper has made you half the man, and if I'd only tame my tongue choose sensibly the character of my words then your actions would not resort to brawls, to smashing thumbs, forefingers.
But this time busted ribs will no longer welcome you home, neaten your sheets, fetch you fresh papers in the mornings.
I'm a shell of wounds, a cluster of battered bones, the tainted coffee no one wants.
This is what you've made me.
A brutal story is told in this piece. Ms. Brown's words evoke great empathy and sadness from this reader, yet her strength shines through. It seems she's endured more than her share of pain, but has survived, thrived, and found great comfort in God's love, evidenced by a number of poems involving God.
There were snippets of poems that rang true and lovely, with unusual word pairings, such as this excerpt from Matchless, a tribute to God.Read more ›