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By T. Lawrence on October 16, 2014Format: PaperbackIf you want poetry with a message that everyone can use, this is the book for you! These poems are about surviving the odds and finding your inner strength. The main themes of the book are appreciation of nature, accepting all religions, slavery, civil rights, and general politics. Political heavyweights such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandella, and Malcolm X are mentioned.This is not an anthology of fluffy poetry and flowery descriptions. These poems are about exposing hard truths in a variety of areas. The author writes about controversial issues regarding his home country of Africa while superimposing them on the entire world. However, the reader doesn’t have to agree with his viewpoint to appreciate his honest and skilled writing technique.
Knox’s command of the English language is phenomenal! His vocabulary is top notch! I enjoyed his use of about three levels of language: formal language, everyday language with slang, and “slave” language.
The anthology was full of powerful quotes. The following four sayings are my favorites because they summarize some of the main themes of the book: “You’ll never know how strong you are until being strong is no longer a choice.” “Just ‘cus you been treated like dirt don’t mean you’re dirt.” “Ditch the slave mentality” “Nothing is concrete. We’re all stuck in an emulsion.”
I look forward to reading more from this author!