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A Poetic Spanking

A Poetic Spanking by Anthony Toomer is a compilation of free verse poems that explore a variety of topics from faith, love, and contemporary societal issues that are occurring within the black community.

Toomer’s writing is potent and really opens the readers eyes to the power of prayer. The author also sheds light on many social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the various injustices that African Americans face today.

Toomer’s poems are diverse and range from preaching the word of God, to poems of love, to poems that sounded like music lyrics. There is a fervor to Toomer’s words that is easily felt and makes each poem feel profound as well as spiritual.

While this collection explores spirituality, I appreciate that the author does not force his faith upon the reader and does not try to convince the reader to become followers of God. Instead the author shares his knowledge and his strength in his faith with readers through his poetry.

Author Anthony Toomer is an artist and this shows in his poems. While the poetry was stirring all on its own, I would have liked to have seen some imagery along with the poems; just something to break up the blocks of poetry. But this is a minor point for a collection that I heartily enjoyed reading.

The author’s acknowledgements before the start of the book allows readers to see the real Toomer as he shares a bit about himself. I was not sure how the title fit the poems, but after finishing the book I can officially say Toomer has delivered a poetic spanking.

A Poetic Spanking is an eloquent and thoughtful collection of poetry that I highly recommend to poetry lovers who are looking for an impassioned and inspiring read.

Pages: 160 | ASIN: B093B1PYGG

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