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Product Details

  • 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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I hesitate when reading poetry as you never know how complex or personal a poet may be with their work. I like poetry I get and Maranda Russell's collection proved to be that.

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,

Sarah Butland
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This poetry collection is a gem! I'm so glad I stumbled upon this.

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.
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I enjoyed this collection. Maranda says in the introduction that she prefers 'gritty, down-to-earth poetry'. And that's what she writes. On her terms. I appreciate Maranda's style of telling it straight. I most enjoy reading poems I can relate to. She writes of romance, loss and hope in this book and it ends with a few quirky poems to make you smile. There are some real gems in here, in my opinion, including 'Lightning Bugs', 'Accept Me As I Am', 'The Living Dead', 'Open Wide' and 'Haiku About Marriage'. And 'The End of an Era' is very touching.
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With Maranda Russell's `Not Afraid to be Real', the idea of poetry as therapy and guidance comes alive. The poems in this collection are written for teenagers and young adults. They are aimed at helping them to face and deal with the feelings they will experience in daily life: the joys of love, the everyday turmoils, the loneliness of loss and death, the inspiration of creativity, and the fun of humour.

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'.
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What a motivational, emotional, inspirational collection of poetry. The poems ring of honesty and as if the author let her heart do the writing. The poems touch on love, temptation, loss, and other things experienced in our daily lives.Young people will be encouraged to be themselves through this poetry collection. I'm glad that the author was "not afraid to be real" and shared her heart with us.
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Maranda Russel has a gift for stating an emotional premise and leading the reader, verse by verse, to the concise emotional conclusion, and the subjects of these poems -- from everyday struggles to love to death -- will surely speak to teens and adults alike. Russell's straightforward style make these poems easy to understand. I heartily recommend this fine collection.
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Not Afraid to Be Real ~ A Poetry Collection by Maranda Russell is a poetic chronology of the author's reflection on the different stages of life. She starts with love and daily living, and progresses through death and grief, before she emerges with hope and inspiration. She writes with an insight on life that many of us may not have considered. Then she adds a short chapter of miscellaneous poems that she describes as "funny, random or just plain weird".
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.
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