Boy, Kant You Read!

Poetry - General
46 Pages
Reviewed on 03/26/2024
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Author Biography

Aubrey E. Drummond, born on July 20, 1959, is a prolific writer known for his unique poetic expressions. He is the author of 'Boy, Kant You Read!' and 'Eating 'round the Toilet Stool.' His work is a reflection of his life experiences, often exploring the strange and the weird. As a black writer, his poems offer a unique perspective on life. Aubrey has been crafting stories since he could remember, making his work a true testament to his lifelong passion for writing. His words not only entertain but also provoke thought, making his readers see the world through his eyes.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Aubrey E. Drummond draws on his life experiences to present a moving collection of poems with Boy, Kant You Read! Written in an authentic style using free verse, these poems tell the story of a life filled with the good and the bad, love and hate, layered with bittersweet moments one never forgets. The titular poem "Boy, Kant You Read!" recounts the experiences of a black child facing the ramifications of segregation. "Cancer" is a heartbreaking poem about losing a loved one to the disease. "I Should Be Afraid" calls out one particularly divisive leader in America. "One Nation" is a moving poem calling for unity under one flag regardless of race, religion, or gender. "When I Look at You" is a beautiful ode to someone the narrator cares about.

Boy, Kant You Read! is a deeply personal and intimate collection of poems. Aubrey E. Drummond pours his heart into these mesmerizing verses that offer readers a glimpse into a fully lived life. Through his poetry, the author also touches upon some vital social issues that are still relevant today. Drummond displays a distinctive lyrical flair that is unique and very immersive to the reader. This type of confessional poetry makes you contemplate your own place in this world. There is a relatable quality to Drummond's poetic storytelling that you can't help but love. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poems and found it very inspiring and illuminating. If you love reading poetry, especially confessional poetry, this is what you're looking for.

Foluso Falaye

Boy, Kant You Read! is a collection of succinct and thoughtful poems that reflect Aubrey E Drummond's mindset and thoughts on a variety of experiences. A poem titled President depicts a "colored child" who laughs at a teacher's statement about working hard enough to become president in 1968 and depicts a joyful celebration in 2008. In Money, Drummond shares his views on the destructive effect of money on the human spirit. The poem ends with some words of advice on when to spend money and when not. Bitter False Twin Dreams is about a dreadful moment involving loss and guilt. A mother grieves while the protagonist expresses seeing the representation of a painful act on his hands. In Holy, the reader is transported into a church scene involving the bang of tambourines. Aubrey's riveting collection contains poems about different topics, including education, prejudice, politics, money, home ownership, loss, church, and more.

Aubrey E Drummond speaks straight from the heart and doesn't bother with complex words that might alienate part of his audience. The poems are usually made up of short lines that tell intriguing stories and deep, meaningful messages. One particular poem, which mostly consists of one or two words in each line, brings attention to the frustration associated with lengthened obligations. It reminded me of the chores that seemed endless in childhood. From poems that evoke vivid images in the mind to words that describe intriguing memories and smart comments on social issues, Boy, Kant You Read! is a skillfully written collection that will appeal to a broad audience. Both poetry enthusiasts and individuals who are not core fans of poetry will love this book with its concise and carefully selected words and stories!

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Boy, Kant You Read! is a compelling book of poetry by Aubrey E Drummond, expressed in free-form verses and labeled with titles and dates that correspond to the period in which the piece was written or copyrighted. The author includes some observations during his life, speaking out about his experiences with racism and his hope for unity in America. Other topics in his work consider missed chances, grief, and loss. Drummond includes the dialect of his area in many poems and several selections about a romance are written in lovely detail. Drummond dedicated the book to his late wife, and some verses seem to be about her.

Emotions spill across the pages as Aubrey E Drummond expresses his views. Some verses echo notes of practical advice, while others shed light on the effects of racism and the mentality of a man who has seen decades of it in different forms. Even though the lines don't rhyme, they have a definite rhythm, and the author toys with acrostic placement and a fantasy piece in a couple of his poems. In the introduction, Drummond mentions he was influenced by Langston Hughes and dedicates a poem to him. In some pieces, like Spirit Death, the author uses deep imagery and lures the reader in with lines like "bashing it about the cold iron cells of unending lies." Drummond's work is powerful, relevant, and easy to read. Readers who like realistic poetry in free verse will enjoy Boy, Kant You Read!