Divine Style Vs. Demonic Wordplay
by NK Bwana
Trafford Publishing

"If your divine style
Can’t move me,
Your satanic imitation
Won’t move me."

Bwana pays homage to historical figures and artists, specifically of the Black Arts Movement, with his collection of unexpected poems. Admittedly, the book cover belies Bwana’s lyrical observations contained within its pages that come across as startling and unpredictable. And this is a good thing.

As you begin to read, it is clear Bwana is working on a different level here. He speaks to the soul, uncovering buried histories, stigmas, and prejudices as he details the essence of humanity. He commands a reverence to the creative and artistic choices of yesterday’s poets who blazed paths, demanding an elevation of the craft by current and aspiring poets. He offers personal reflections of why a poet writes (“Write For I”) that exudes a narrative power. He gives voice to the struggles and successes of sometimes forgotten ancestors (“One In A Million Tarnished Eyes & Sapphire Knuckles”). He recognizes those heroes who embody true values and are worthy of praise (“Truest Measure Of A Man”).

Haunted, troubled, inspired, and motivated, Bwana awakens his “creative demons” and “organic thoughts” to give his readers something serious to ponder. He asks us to climb from the “abyss of mediocrity and sludge” that passes for much of our so-called art and entertainment today. He unabashedly and courageously follows his own path, illustrating a distinctive style and rhythm all his own, while honoring those who influence him. He touches on global issues and themes deftly with vivid imagery and potent language that breathes intensity into his poems. They are bold, unapologetic, wild, somber, and meditative. Altogether, Bwana pushes us to open our minds and bids us to preserve respect for each other and ourselves. It’s an invigorating read.

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