- Paperback: 62 pages
- Publisher: Mirror Publishing (July 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612251439
- ISBN-13: 978-1612251431
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,769,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not Afraid to Be Real: A Poetry Collection Paperback – July 11, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Broken into four sections I enjoyed every topic covered and quickly fell in love with some individual poems. I also appreciate the poets inclusion of humourous poems to end the collection. Each section is separated by a very appropriate picture which I also enjoyed.
We all of a history to tell and it seems Maranda has told the story of many and she was certainly not afraid to be real with these raw poems.
I will be recommending them to some artist friends and keeping it for myself for future escapes.
Thank you for reading,
Poetry is such a wondrous thing, a real blessing to all of us. It can seep through every little crack, invade every disillusioned thought, resonate with the full spectrum of feelings on our inward pallet, shatter any illusions we might have of ourselves or those around us, rekindle the spirit within us and reassure us once again of our true essence. And it can do all of that… in just a few words.
This, the author of this wonderful collection managed to do as well. I could really resonate with her style of writing and so many of her poems. They are genuine, original and heartfelt.
I loved the “Outside of the Box” part, as well as the fact that she wrote shadorma poems.
Do yourself a favor, get yourself a copy of this book and let yourself be swept away by the wonder of words.
Russell achieves her goal, I feel, by fully opening herself to the reader. Her honesty and keen sense of self-observation serve to invite the reader to look also inward, to accept his or her feelings, and to pursue his or her desires. For example, in a poem entitled, `The Living Dead', she describes how people can seek to stifle a child's dreams, to turn the child away from pursuing its path. In another called `Lightning Bugs', she portrays how some relationships can tempt one to bask in the other person's light, rather than achieve one's own. In these and other poems the poet subtly encourages the reader to be true to himself or herself and to be `not afraid to be real'.
When I first started reading Ms. Russell's poems, I thought, "How dark and gloomy." I was right about the first poems because she was writing about topics that should be cheerful and positive, including several of the ones about love, but I decided that Ms. Russell was writing about a subject that she could see as dark or positive. In her introduction, she declares that she writes for teens and young adults because they ""get" what I am trying to say". They do reflect the angst of the age group.
"I was never content
to catch the lightning bugs
and watch them glow
behind the glass;
I smashed them on the asphalt
and drew patterns
that shined briefly,
then faded away forever."
When I got to the later poems, the mood changed. By the time I got to the end, I found I was enjoying her take on life. Her poems become more positive and upbeat as she came to the end of the book.
I know I can be anything,
I know I will succeed.
Though doubt may spring up in my heart,
it's hope I choose to feed.
All ages will find something they can identify with in this small book of poems. Teens and young adults will relate to their current challenges. Older people will reflect back to what they felt at an earlier time and place.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I notice that the Amazon reviews for this poem book are greatly varied, and I think I know why. If I came at this book with the same criteria that I would use for—let us say—a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I hate to give bad reviews. As an author I know what it's like to put your heart and soul into a book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by K.D. Rose, Author- Heavy Bags of Soul
I chose this rating because it was not well written. I found it to be a bit boring and did not hold my attention. The author's thoughts were a bit choppy and mostly depressing. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by LadyD
I don't know why this was rated so well. It's middle of the road poetry. I was looking for really excellent and interesting stuff. This is nothing to write home about.Published on December 30, 2013 by Clairex
I loved every poem. They were very touching and I felt very connected to the poems. There is a sense of sadness to some poems that is on a deep level. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Nelson
Not Afraid To Be Real: A Poetry Collection by Maranda Russell laid bare the nuances of this accident called life. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Mark A. Chapman
This book is very grabbing and intense, it has the right tone for each of its chapters, I loved how Russell kept it on the subject and she didn't mind what other people would say... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Todd Joslyn
very insightful into the soul of the poet. A sensitive caring person, showing a style of openess. I liked it!Published on February 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer