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Write This Second by Kira Lynne Allen
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it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry, best-of-2015, read-2015

What holds me as a reader of poetry is the same thing that terrifies me about composing my own poems: truth-telling. A writer of prose has more words to hide in, more time to conjure and reshape reality. A poet confronts the truth with every single word.
For twenty-seven years I held my tongue
denied my truth
heard no love echoed in the sounds of people's voices
and I am aware now
that all those years
spent waiting for someone to come and rescue me
almost cost me my life

Kira Lynne Allen writes her heart-breaking, soaring truth in raw and tender language. Her searing poetry tells the story of her life, a life which took strength to survive, heal, and rise above. Allen's poems chronicle a childhood blown apart by trauma and a young adulthood by addiction, until she finds redemption in the recovery process and healing in her art. She tells her stories as Maya Angelou did: with anger and benevolence intertwined, in a clear, unwavering voice.
I recognize my right to celebrate
I relish my right to write
to rage
to dance
to cry
to crave
I reclaim my right to tenderness
to elevate
to educate
I delight in my right to love
I am accused of writing too much
about racism and incest and rape and domestic violence
As if I dug through the archives of extinct words
to discuss unknown phenomena
I don't friggin' think so

In finding this voice, Allen has created a present that celebrates not only her journey and triumph of spirit, but the community she embraces and serves as a teacher and advocate. She is the embodiment of the power of truth-telling, of poetry, of using our words to heal, comfort, empower, and build.
because I write to heal n I write to live
because life's stories are not simple or undaunting
because today courage is fear that has said its prayers
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Reading Progress

April 19, 2015 – Shelved
April 19, 2015 – Shelved as: poetry
April 20, 2015 –
page 31
36.05% "You ask what I want n I'll tell you see\n I'm a poet\n who wants your gag off n \n your tongue free"
Started Reading
April 21, 2015 – Shelved as: best-of-2015
April 21, 2015 – Shelved as: read-2015
April 21, 2015 – Finished Reading

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