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In His Green Book - Poetry Collection - Mini Review

  In His Green Book is a poetry collection unlike any poetry collection I have ever encountered. It is a collection of prose poetry and philosophical poetry that does not always embark on word play or literary structures. Yet, it is a very enjoyable read. Terence Asitibasi creates a sacred space of wisdom and life entertained with the natural world. There is something so mesmerizing about some of the poems that speak to a deeper understanding of this world. For example, in "With New Eyes He Sees" the opening lines capture your soul: The feeling that comes deep Inside him, as he felt that He was blind Asitibasi clearly and cleverly breaks apart 'the the deep' feeling in juxtaposition to blindness. The stanza break, the unnatural pacing of the comma, everything about these opening lines keeps the reader captive. And you just want more, okay? Luckily there are over 70 poems of more! The philosophical poem "Keep Watch" kept me pondering the 'beingness'

Remembering a Song

I strongly believe that every moment in life has a soundtrack. I’d often defined my life by song. An example being that “My Love Is Better,” by Annie defined the year I graduated college. The song is super upbeat and very poignant in behavior. Especially, since the artist’s love is better than the man’s current lover.

There were times when my theme song was “Incense & Peppermints,” by Strawberry Alarm Clock. Because, “who cares what games we choose / little to win, but nothing to lose.” Or train wreck rock like Motley Crue. A really special time included “Genius of Love,” by Tom Tom Club.

I’m having the time of my life at the moment. I’m a bit of a mess. A little bit of a controlled mess, though. Currently working on a platform for a career in publishing. I have a few songs that fit this time period. The first is “Rubber Glove Seduction,” by PTP. It’s an industrial track with everything a good Joy Division track would feature: synths, repeating vocals, and disorder.

Followed by an old time favorite. “Baiser Sur La Disco (Rubix Refix)” by Rubix. Short and sweet synth and vocal repetition. It’s upbeat as well. But this soundtrack isn’t complete. Reaching around for other tracks to add, I can’t help but bring in “Archie, Marry Me,” by Alvvays. I always add different lyrics to this song. First, there’s that killer line “You’ve expressed explicitly your contempt for matrimony.” I like to take that line and add “but you still married her.” It’s quite the depiction of some of my past relationships. They’ve left me absolutely bitter.

Maybe there’s just too much to feel at the moment. I could try tuning everything out with the “Harlem Shake,” by Baauer. Nothing like a throwback meme to really wedge consciousness into prime time. I’ll keep on keeping on and listening to music.

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