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Chameleon Aura

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Zimbabwean poet Billy Chapata provides a thought-provoking take on the universal experiences of love, pain, and what comes next through messages of empowerment. This collection of poetry and prose will justify heartache and inspire the fortitude to survive and prosper. 

Chameleon Aura presents a harmonious blend of experience and advice through a chaptered series of prose a
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Almost all poetry is evocative in one way or another and much of what I have read relates to suffering, loss, hardship; basically negative emotional life events or feelings. There is a lesser amount that focuses on the elation, love, contentedness and positive elements of life; the only one I can think of offhand is Jason Reynolds's For Everyone. Chameleon Aura not only has a pretty awesome title and cover artwork, but it focuses on said negative aspects of life then goes on to provide much-need ...more
Looks like I am coming in with an unpopular opinion with this one, I had seen that most loved the collection. And I tried, hence me finishing it…

Then and there, were pieces that liked, but I feel that most of the work give off the repetitive facade; of the meaning, they are conveying. That is good for that is the theme of the book. But certainly, there are words out there that still can be used.

To the good bits, I liked.

The intensity of respect and appreciation for women, I had read other works
October 01, 2020: Raw and emotional, this compelling collection is highly centred around self-love and finding peace within oneself through the idea of growing past the occurrences and evolving into a better version of oneself. Penned by a male author, the theme of hyper masculinity is rightfully challenged and the narration was so perfect that a few poems still stay in my heart from two years ago. A graceful combination of aesthetics and empowerment.

December 07, 2018: Finished. Received a digit
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection talks about healing, loving and encouragement.

I can feel the connection.
The lines are beautiful and genuine.
I felt calm and at peace while reading this one and this book is
For those broken and lonely.
For those who are trying their best.
For those who cannot trust again.
For those who are apprehensive to love again.
For those who are alive but not living.
For those who have been hurt.
For those who have lost hope.

But I cannot help feeling some lines are not new at all.
I find the same l
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
My fave passage, pg. 126

Long distance.
Some of us are in a long distance relationship with ourselves and we dont know it. We give and give and give, pouring energy outward, packing all of our belongings, resting in others hearts, while abandoning home. If your heart could speak, would it shed tears of happiness or tears of pain? Would it speak of its fullness or reveal secrets of neglect? Dont look to redecorate others hearts while your soul is in need of spring cleaning. You are deserving of the
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not been doing particularly well lately, so I really needed some poetry to just connect with and help me sort my head out, so I picked this up and I. Loved. It.

It was wonderful. So many books have to do with romance and letting go and whatever which is FINE and I like that too, HOWEVER.... I just needed some self-love stuff.

I totally got that here. It was just really well written and super empowering to read.

There is a poem called Red Herring, and another called Breaking Old Habits.... B
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"The truth is in the energy, energy is in the truth"

This collection of poems is about love, sele-acceptance, healing and other aspects of yourself.
It is a very encouaging collection. It also varies in length, from short two liners to a lengthy paragraph.
Overall it's a great collection that I think many would love.
Pamela Scott

(ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

This is my first time reading the poet. I hope it won’t be my last. I’ve said before that I really love poems that deal with human experiences and emotions. Odes about pretty tress do nothing for me. Chameleon Aura is crammed with poetry that deals with the subject matter I enjoy the most. Many of the poems are written in the second person as if the poet is addressing someone else, namely the w
Nathaniel Darkish
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This wasn't for me. There are some great images and lines scattered throughout the collection, and generally the messages are very positive and encouraging, but much of the poetry fell into a trap that is a pet peeve of mine in much of modern poetry: it told me, plainly, what message I should get from the poem. Usually as the last line. So many of the poems ended with things along the lines of (these aren't specific examples), "Believe in yourself," or "Just keep going," or the like. That sucks ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I’ve just finished CHAMELEON Aura & wanted to drop a quick review. I appreciated this book because it is written from a male perspective about self love. A lot of his pieces are geared towards women but I love how he infused pieces to tell his own story about self love which is important.

I think this is a great recommendation for men to read and hopefully the words resonate. For me it allowed me to read someone else’s story & get another perspective to the puzzle we call relationships. He gives
Kristina Cabral
I have weaved poems because of this book. I have come back to writing, and come to love it more than I think it would destroy me. Thank you, Billy Chapata.

I have never met a book that I feel lazy to write about it--not because it is distasteful, that it is such a sweet book; a full-course meal, that I kind of doubt if there is anything else to put in this blank space. I feel fulfilled. I feel like all the colors in me have entwined--I have seen the sunset, the pink and purple horizons, the st
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it

I wanted to like this more than I did, and I started out strongly liking it - dont get me wrong, the messages in it are beautiful and speak to the right persons when read. Although I personally feel it starts to get very quickly repetitive in the same message with different wording, I was fine basically reading the first part and half to know that the rest of the book was more or less the same.
Ashley Inskeep
Mar 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
This wasn’t poetry; this book was a collection of seeming journal entries that told the reader how to feel. It had all the modern poetry clichés: calling the reader “darling” every few pages, new age ideals, and references to self-love, love languages, etc. Very unoriginal and a huge waste of time.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, netgalley
I really liked this one. It was encouraging, empowering, sort of like chicken noodle soup for the spirit. A reminder that we all contain inner strength and wisdom. I liked the message behind the words, it was an uplifting read.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This may be the best poetry book I have ever read
Shavonne Strachan
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self love

This book teaches you how to love yourself first; unapologetically. Very poetic and inspirational. Read this book in a few hours. Couldn’t put it down.
Rebecca L.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
“Chameleon Aura,” is a collection if free verse by Billy Chapata. The organization of the collection is very creative. The book is divided into sections and each section is named after a vibrant color of the rainbow. Finally, the collection ends with a message of transformation and renewal.

Chapata emphasizes the power of self love and self acceptance. I believe that this is a worthy goal. His work makes me think of butterflies, rainbows, and caterpillars emerging from cocoons. I recommend this
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading and digesting the free verse in this book. There were some passages that resonated with me while some did not. Nonetheless, poetry is meant to be like this --- honest, insightful, and profound.

Some of my favorite pieces:
1. Letters that hypermasculinity was afraid to send:
2. Understand that I do not belong to you
3. Thoughts are seeds
4. Freedom
5. Platonic soulmate
6. A love, Imagine, Comfort zones, and When you fall
7. Ride the waves
8. Regardless
9. Perspective
Janice Nawal
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-poetry
Absolutely beautiful
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
overall i enjoyed this. it was a light right, i just wish some parts weren't so repetitive - mostly towards the end. i skimmed through a few of the later pages because the writing looked too familiar, it started to annoy me.. especially since i liked the poems in the beginning/middle so much. ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, e-book, netgalley

Poetry is an odd bird sometimes. On occasion you do have to be in the right mood for it, admittedly, after giving the collection another try, the verses clicked with me.

Most of the poems are short but life affirming, without being over-flowery and very powerful in a memorable way. Really enjoyed this collection.

With thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This poetry collection had very important themes in it. I just found to be repetitive towards the end, so it really could have been a bit shorter. 4*.
“There are older versions of you that only exist because other people give them oxygen, and you are not obliged to keep those versions alive to make other people happy.”

I think the author did beautifully in creating these poems about love and self-love, and he really dove deep into his perception of the topics. This book was definitely a change from what I usually read, and I really enjoyed it!

Some of the poems did seem to get a little repetitive. I know that only so much can be said about the
Jeremy Mifsud
3/5 stars: I liked it

I’m going to approach this review from the perspective of the book’s value. I liked it. It’s uplifting and promotes self-love and awareness in a creative way. I wouldn’t necessarily call it poetry, but it doesn’t take away from the writing.

One thing I appreciate in Chapata’s book is that it is honest. It reflects his personal experiences and his growth throughout a multitude of relationships. The book is inundated with clichés about when you should let people go, but I found
May 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
For me , this wasn’t really poetry, just a bunch of “advices”. He would repeat himself, but try to word it differently. Felt like poetry nowadays are like this book.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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If you’re in need of a pick me up, Chameleon Aura is the book for you. Filled to the brim with poetry and prose offering advice on relationships and self love. This book is a mix of personal experiences and advice for others on learning to love and accept yourself and moving away from toxic people. If you’re looking for more depth though, I’m beginning to think that the instapoet trend is not the place to find it.

“some will be intimidated by
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me an early copy of this phenomenal book.
THIS BOOK, you guys! It was awesome! Filled with love and pain and healing and loving again. I swear, I bookmarked every single page!
I find that in every poetry book I've read, words do really have power, they can change us, they can make us understand things better, they make us think differently, they can heal us, they can make us stronger. In every collection of poetry I've read so far, I only re
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
[4.5/5 Stars]

I am not really one to venture into poetry. I do acknowledge its beauty but I was never really interested in writing or reading poetry.

I've been following Billy Chapata on social media for a while now and I was always taken by how much his poetry resonated with me. He would write about topics that I felt strongly about and his way of wording things is absolutely beautiful.

The collection of poems in this book are divided into 5 sections: cerulean, amaranth, mikado, viridian, and met
Cary Massaro
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Yes there is some things in here that are repetitive. This is 100% true. However, the book has over 200 poems and prose in it and I can tell you out of the 200 poems. I LOVED at least 30-40 of them and those 30-40 poems make up for the ones that I found to be repetitive or a little boring. Then there’s also the ones I liked and appreciated and found beautiful but just didn’t connect to. Loved and liked more then 3/4 of the book so if you ask me it is DEFINITELY worth ...more
Allyson Tyra
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
I keep trying to finish this book, and I can’t do it. I’m a huge fan of Rupi Kaur & similar poetry, but this I just cannot get through. There were a lot of lines and phrases that I liked a lot, but most of the book just seems like it’s repeating itself with different words. To me, it looses it’s meaning. I’m also not a fan of the “cut out anyone who doesn’t serve you,” message that I personally got from this book. I do agree that it’s important to be selfish & put yourself first, but this book ( ...more
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Billy Chapata is a Zimbabwean writer, author, and creative based in Atlanta, Georgia. Billy's work aims to touch on the concepts of love, healing, connections, and growth, through poetry, storytelling, and narrative. Writing came into his life as a means of sustenance, self-love, and empowerment: Billy writes to heal, he writes to grow, he writes to survive. His poetically infused words, memorable ...more

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