Consider Nathan B. Brooken’s For My Beautiful Black Sisters collection of poems for the woman who has everything. This is the gift for almost every woman in your life. Sorry, bosses and other professional might need to be excluded. Everyone else is fair game. Show them your appreciation runs deep. Crack open the cover. Read Brooken’s poems out loud.
There is a poem for every female in your life. The message will be loud and clear. You appreciate her. You can also appreciate an artistic work. Her emotions will be undeniable. From front cover to back cover his poems allows us to relive the conflict and whimsy of his relationships. To restrict these poems to one ethnic group is disservice. By the time you reach the last page you realize Brooken’s lyrical musings create sonnets that caress the ear as he tells his story.
Brooken’s choices works. The transparency in each poem more than makes up for any literary missteps. Brooken willingly offers a chance for the world to delve the timeline of his life. His work manages to transcend literary caution creating a meeting ground for an evolution among gender and genre. What more can you ask from a gift?
Nathan B. Brooken, a Jacksonville native and University of Central Florida graduate is also the author of the novel, In Love to Death. He is also currently working creating a script based on the Wonder Woman series. Brooken’s works have been presented locally at Florida State College-Jacksonville, Everest University, and the Jacksonville Public Library. Brooken has also presented at the Decatur Georgia Book Festival. Visit him on Facebook or Nathan’s Place.