Anthem by Kimberlynne Darby Newton. A brilliant offering in the New Age Renaissance Republic of Poetry, the story of the African American goddess in the essence
of love and beauty, a truthtelling inside the brutality of the dislocated places of the post-modern world. Kimberlynne Darby Newton was born in Montgomery, Alabama.
She was a journalist for several years and is a retired history professor from the University of Alabama. She is the author of over 13 books, and has recently
compiled the Freedom Writes Anthology (Subterranean Blue Poetry, 2017). This is the second book review This Writer has written for Kimberlynne Darby Newton,
the first being for Freedom Writes.
Anthem is a dialogue in gender and race relations, an African American Poet revealing great suffering and in the telling a crucible for peace. This poetry is a no holds barred truthtelling, that dispells the demons, the raw emotions fashioned into poetic climes brings into the light, dance and celebration in healing. The poetry is in the imago of the Black Madonna, harsh realities told bare bones and through the beautiful essence of the Poet, the Reader is brought to a place of love.
Protest poetry, against oppression, sometimes in the Beat tradition, shines a beacon of light into the dark of night. There is occasional rhyme, and a recreation of language in original spaces, using Black meme, she sometimes invents new words, Poet Newton is a very considered and accomplished writer. This poetry is inspirational, as if having been born from listening to the speeches of Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, Jr. It rises like a bird in the blue of sky, taking your spirit high and higher.
As if to give both sides their due, both Black and White for black and white people`s are capitalized, a new form in the politics of race relations, perhaps assigning credence to both sides can make people feel better, lessening violence.
Rib is a fresh perspective on the Garden of Eden story in a post-modern context, that riffs on the empty spaces of gender relations, the conflicted story of post-modern love.
Don`t is a stand-alone anthem for the results of conflicted love lives and the resulting violence to the psyche that creates a soldier mentality. A bred in the bone piece that lays bare the truth, the incredible violence of a brutal world.
Silenced is a beautiful write in a dance of anger, a dance in turmoil of emotion, a story of possession in love. The poetry, is broken, an intricate weave of emotion, as if a tarantala, a story of conflicted love.
The poem Anthem is about race, about being Black in a white world, the otherness and also about connection.
“I’ve never felt
We are our anthem.”
Song of the South is the quintessential poem, a classical rendering, it weaves nature imagery and the passion of place, the southern United States, into a song of resurrection, writes of life in a death culture.
The poem begins,
“Culleygaps and cowcummer leaves
under paint-stained eaves.”
The new words in Black meme, pictures a hot day in the deep South, it is the meaning of place and people throughout time. As if influenced by the classical poetry of Maya Angelou, Song of the South is everlasting and celebratory with original images, the Poet and the poem is of the very cloth of America.
As if poetry inside the eye of God, of good and all that is right, a gift of the essence of woman, the Black Madonna, a treatise in the power of love. A brilliant read, Anthem by Kimberlynne Darby Newton.
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