RAW. TRUTH. REAL. LIFE. LOVE. LOSS. REVENGE. DEATH. FAITH. SIN. PRAYER. STRUGGLE. WOE. WRATH. WAR. TROUBLE. RACE. INJUSTICE. PAIN. INEQUITY. PPOD. PRODUCE POETRY OR DIE. BY NARADA VOUX SANDERS.
This collection is A RAW. RAGEFUL. RHYTHMIC. RIOT.
This poetry collection comprises the following themes:
RACISM | INFIDELITY | DOMESTIC ABUSE | RELIGIOUS STRUGGLE | DEATH.
And within its poetic fabric lay:
RHYTHM | RHYME | HUMOUR | SATIRE | SONG.
I received a .pdf review copy of this poetry collection from the poet in exchange for an honest review.
The first thing that struck me about Produce Poetry Or Die was the starkness of the bold bright red cover. Red is the colour of blood and rage, it is capable of evoking strong raw emotions. The simple black and white text does not detract from the feeling that this book contains powerful, uncompromising emotions.
Themes to be aware of within this poetry collection are: racism, gang rape, unrequited love, murder, painful abusive relationships. This work is full of triggers and raw emotions and this makes it a challenge to read at times.
In PPOD there is much anger and hatred to be found, often caused by racism. The poet’s response to such emotions is powerful. Another theme present here is that of anger at those unable to accept their race. Africans who bleach their hair and skin trying to appear more western so they can fit in, rather than accepting themselves for who they are and feeling proud of their heritage. Not being able to accept one’s outer appearance, hating what looks back from the mirror and longing to change themselves is unacceptable to the poet. Here they are referred to as ‘self-butchered art’. This theme is at the forefront of the poems ‘Ethnoplasty’, ‘Alter-Native’ and ‘Misafrikist’:
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I liked the idea of ‘Metrical Venting’ and the included examples – rhymes describing wrongs and hopefully helping the poet heal from them.
The poet often mentions God and religion and longs to be “saved”.
In absence of any answer from their God they have turned to writing poetry. My hope is that their religion gives them comfort from the themes that haunt them.
The idea of people being more than what meets the eye is explored in ‘I’m More Than What You Perceive Me To Be’ possibly my favourite poem from the collection. I also liked ‘Oh, The Fun Of Growing Old’, in which the poet lays out all of the things we associate with growing older.
Other themes explored here are unrequited love in ‘A Slim Chance’, ‘Problem’ and ‘Inadequate’ and that of holding onto a long dead relationship in ‘Can’t Let Go’.
This very personal work was clearly a hope from the author for catharsis. The title explains this – they felt that they had to ‘Produce Poetry or Die’.
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