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Let's Talk Honestly, One Black Man's Thoughts [Kindle Edition]

George L. Cook III
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A collection of poems and essays by George L. Cook III. These writings are inspired by Mr. Cook's experience's as a soldier, community activist, time in politics, coach, husband, and father. And yes they are inpsired by his experiences as a black man living in the United States.

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  • File Size: 56 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: George L. Cook III; 1 edition (June 19, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002E19JKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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When I make the following statement, keep in mind that at my age, any person under the age of 50 I consider young. The poet being reviewed here appears to be in his very early 40s.

So....

One might ask the question; "Why is an old white guy reviewing the work of a "young" black poet in a collection of poems entitled, "One Black Man's Poetry?" Indeed, why? Well to begin with I am one of those individuals who group people as people and pay very little attention to what "color" their skin may be. A rose is a rose and people are people...end of that story. I have always been that way...hey, it was the way I was raised and life has not change that raising one bit. The title of this little collection intrigued me though, and I did not know what to expect. Well lucky for me I hit the order button. I have not been so delighted with a bit of work since I don't know when.

First, I found that George L. Cook III and I are on the very same page, even down to our (mildly put) distain for FOX News and Rush Limbough! Starting with the first group of poems, which is entitled "To the Children" I found a man who thought like I do. Rather amazing, really. Profound.

The poet here is what I would call a sensitive pragmatic. He says it like it is and does not beat around the bush, yet still and all, even his harshest phrases are filled with thought and in a strange way; caring and loving. He uses plain language so if you are the sort that thrives on obscure symbolism, vague and obscure similes or metaphors, then look else where. His poetry is sharp and explicit. He calls a rock a rock and a tree a tree. I like that.

Mr. Cook uses free verse; several forms actually, and has avoided those annoying couplets so often found in these short works.
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You may contact George Cook and AAreports by email at gcuse03champs@aol.com or georgelcookiii@gmail.com or by phone at 908 963 3824.

George L. Cook III is married with one child who believes that education is the way to the help the Black Community not only survive but thrive. He is an elected member of his local board of education. His current term is 2010-2013.


George L. Cook III Bio:
Attended Virginia State Univerity ( HBCU )

Member US Army/ NJ National Gaurd 1991-1994.

2004 wrote first book Let's Talk Honestly and launched the web site letstalkhonestly.com which lasted until May 2010.

Volunteer basketball and football coach at local rec center. ( Won flag football championship in 2005, basketball championship in 2009 )

Member of Hillside Scholarship Fund since 2008

Boy Scout Troop Committee Chairman of Cubpack 97.

Appointed to Hillside NJ Board of Education in June 0f 2009.

Won election to keep BOE seat in April of 2010, named vice president of The Hillside Board of Education. Below is a picture of Mr. Cook's swearing in on April 26, 2010.


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