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Book Review: Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet by Nadia Janice Brown

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I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poems by Nadia Janice Brown. They are spiritual, inspirational and full of “writer” sensibility, which I love. The tone is “quiet,” making this little collection perfect for your night table, to be read before bedtime. 

Brown’s pen touches upon various subjects: God, the Genesis, marriage, fear, happiness, love, inspiration, writer’s block, and the daily tribulations and insecurities of writers, just to name a few. Some poems break the general tone and are more serious, such as the one titled, “So this is Love?” 

I’ve gotten used to broken things,

Even now to hear rage slice through

doors

portrays a semblance of normalcy.

The brunt of your fist pelting my spine

is the only fixture in this home.

And you say this is love?

Sorry does not undo the scars

perverting my features,

will not restore fractured limbs. 

Some of Brown’s lines are beautiful and vibrant, such as these ones from “England”: 

…I am standing on a Manchester bridge

feeding birds with crumbs of desperation,

giving them portions of my worries.

What they don’t eat is packed away and

stored like lunch meat in the marrow of

my bones… 

The author also includes several short essays among the poems, thus creating a sense of variety with her prose.  Subjects such as your purpose in life, planning and preparing for change, living your dream, procrastination, and overcoming the author’s blues come alive under this author’s pen. If you enjoy poetry or have a friend or family member who does, I recommend you grab a copy of this uplifting collection. 

Nadia Janice Brown lives in Miami, Florida where, apart from writing her own books, she helps other authors promote their work as a publicist for Author & Book Promotions at www.author-promotion.com. She’s also the author of BecomingThe Life & Musings of A Girl Poet and the award-winning book Unscrambled Eggs. Nadia can be reached through her website at www.nadiajbrown.com

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About Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Represented by Serendipity Literary.