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Beautiful. And Ugly Too Paperback – October 10, 2005
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M.K. Asante, Jr. is the author of Like Water Running Off My Back, for which he received the American Academy of Poets Jean Corrie Prize. His writings have appeared in Encyclopedia of Black Studies and USA Today, among others. He wrote the screenplay and produced the multi award-winning film 500 Years Later
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Although all the poems have a message, each is unique in its style and presentation. For example in "Public School" the poem is virtually unreadable, until you realize it is written in reverse therefore making its meaning crystal clear. "Grandmother" is a dedication to a woman whose strength will forever be a testament. "I am not that Random, America" deals with ethnicity in America and how being born in America does not remove the disdain of being African-American. Just from these examples, readers can infer they will be taken on a journey of edification of their minds and feel the passion of the author.
This compilation is strong and quite thought provoking. Reading the selections had me reflecting on the state of our politics and our presence in this world. The author is wise beyond his years and his wisdom is so eloquently expressed throughout BEAUTIFUL. AND UGLY TOO. With 32 poems, M. K. Asante has something for all poetry lovers to relish. The style and rhythms are part of what makes this collection stand out, giving life to all the pieces. The notes at the end of the collection allow readers to realize where the author gained his inspirations and involve readers in the thought processes of a young man who used life experiences and human conditions to write an intelligent book of poetry.
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It took me a few reads on some of your poems but each read was more captivating than the last
your poems were able to suggest rather than dictate which is an excellent style of writing
I really like how you used Langston as a road map in so many of your poems
By Langston being my favorite writer I enjoyed your book that much the better and as a fellow poet it was refreshing and moving
These complex poems are layered with importance and relevance. Each read provided me with new, valuable, information and the helpful `notes' section was a unique opportunity to see Asante's sources of inspiration.
I recommend this book to everyone.