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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'

Ode to Bat-Shever

You can view this post as a late-night cry into anxiousness. I have a presentation coming up in ten days but decided to finish it up today. It's on the story I hate the most of Judges in the Hebrew Bible. It's not too hard to know that I dislike rape stories in the Bible. I really dislike all the prostitute-shaming stories as well. Creating this poem and presentation is definitely an improvement on my own situation over an event that happened three years ago. I don't think I'll ever forget and that made this project really personal. I'm very much prepared to receive a low grade. It is worth it to stand up for my beliefs. I hope you get to stand up for your beliefs too. Stay safe and be well.

Ode to Bat-Shever

The unnamed woman
Blessed Among All Women
But do women invite male aggression

The woman who was ambitious
The woman who was a man and nimble
The woman who was fierce
The woman who was cunning and killed

The many women who had more rights
Than the other wives

The woman in battle who crushed his skull
The woman willing and compliant
The woman without child with a direct-line to God
Three women, two who caused demise of strength

The woman who made an idol for her son

Are narrators justified in creating moral space
A portrayal of harsh realities to deduct theological
And moral judgements

Unnamed woman
Battered woman treated as property
Body abused and torn apart
Twelve pieces for twelve broken realities
Unified for one governing body

The chaos whose ailment is God
Daughter of broken dreams
Immortalized as a pseudo-foundation myth
For a new world order

I’ll never forget you
Like I’ll never forget
What happened to me.

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