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It's Time to Wake Up!: Poems and Messages that inspire the black experience

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This book helps blacks identify and appreciate who they are.
Kindle Edition, 24 pages
Published January 11th 2014 by IM Sims Publishing
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Louis Cecile
Jan 26, 2015 Louis Cecile rated it liked it
Poetry is often a vehicle for releasing emotion and stating an opinion on the world around us. When done well it can touch the human soul. The passions of the poet can be admired, but as important is the craft of the writing.

Small collections are particularly hard to do well as there is greater demand for each poem to be as good as the other. This a thought that holds weight with this collection. A short read that raises plenty of emotion and thought for readers of any race. There is a sense of
Sreesha Divakaran
Dec 09, 2015 Sreesha Divakaran rated it liked it
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It's Time to Wake Up is a short collection; a book of only 22 pages. While reading, I could only imagine the amount of pain and anger the writer must have felt to put all those feelings into words. In some of the poems, she talks about why anyone should feel they are better, if they have lighter skin. In others, she asks members of her own race to embrace who they are - their skin, their hair, their bodies - and not blindly imitate others because that is someone else's idea of beauty. These ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Poet Marie Yvette gives additional meaning to the 1970's saying "Black is beautiful," in her short collection of poetry: "It's Time To Wake Up! " (2014). Yvette celebrates all things black from culture, skin tone, nappy hair, to curved female body types to social attitudes and experience, she also addresses the sensitive topic of racism.

The most dynamic poem in the collection: "What makes you better?" Yvette is addressing an unnamed source, which diminishes the power of the poem, comparing "iron
Kiana Donae
Jan 22, 2015 Kiana Donae rated it it was amazing
Although a short collection of poetry, these poems are filled with uplifting and strong messages to the black experience. Hair, Skin color,'s all there and crafted beautifully. A great read for anyone, not just poetry lovers.
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