Eating 'Round the Toilet Stool

Poetry - General
55 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Eating 'Round the Toilet Stool is a work of collected poetry in the grief, slice of life, and expressive writing subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Aubrey E. Drummond, this interesting work is a soul-stirring poetry collection delving into themes of love, life, grief, and death through the lens of a black man's perspective, offering poignant reflections and emotional depth. Drummond uses a unique perspective and charismatic writing style to craft an immersive journey into the raw emotions and intricate complexities of life. Each verse pulsates with vivid imagery and profound introspection, inviting readers to explore the depths of human experience through some stunning wordplay and symbolic imagery.

Drummond's ability to blend reality and fantasy creates a rich tapestry that resonates long after the final pages are turned, conjuring visions in readers’ minds of populated scenes where emotions are on full display. Some of my particular favorites included the optimism and awakening in the simple but highly effective ‘Fresh Paint’ and the deeply empowering ‘Half Wing’ which speaks strongly of supporting others. As I delved deeper into the collection, I was captivated by the honesty and vulnerability of the author’s words, which spoke directly to the heart. Overall, Eating 'Round the Toilet Stool is a poetry collection that is ideal for readers seeking a visceral and honest exploration of the human condition, and it offers solace, insight, and catharsis to anyone willing to embark on this unforgettable literary journey.

Pikasho Deka

Aubrey E. Drummond brings readers another enthralling collection of poems. Following his debut collection Boy, Kant You Read!, Eating 'Round the Toilet Stool is an absorbing and eclectic collection of poems. The book opens with 'Yellow Sandy Hair,' a nostalgic poem celebrating the memory of a loved one. In 'The Voice,' the narrator looks into aspects of the self that got left behind over time. Not all things can be replaced by the new -- beautifully expressed in 'Old Shoes.' 'Coming Home' is a short yet touching poem about a family member returning home from war. The narrator expresses his deepest desires in 'What I Hunger For.' The spark of creativity and innovation strikes in unforeseen ways, wonderfully demonstrated through the poem 'Inspiration.'

One of the many things I enjoy about Aubrey E. Drummond's poetry is his honest and bold approach to the verses. Structurally and even tonally, Drummond's poems may differ, yet the larger narrative always feels well-defined and traverses the broad spectrum of observational and confessional poetry. The author crafts stanzas about seemingly mundane things in life and makes them emotionally effective and relatable to the reader. This is clearly evident in the poem 'Old Shoes.' Aside from his intimate slice-of-life poetry, Drummond doesn't hesitate to shed light on relevant social issues through his poems. The titular poem finishes the collection with a dose of humor and heart and almost feels like a gentle message to the reader about enjoying the little things in life. In conclusion, Eating 'Round the Toilet Stool is another gem of a poetry collection by Aubrey E. Drummond and one that I will heartily recommend.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Aubrey E Drummond's collection of poems, Eating 'Round the Toilet Stool, is a deeply emotional and reflective work inspired by his late wife Kathleen Ann Drummond. The poems explore a range of themes, from love and sacrifice to overcoming adversity and appreciating life's moments. It features imagery of a ballerina who is unappreciated by her lover, as well as a journey through different stages of life. These provide a poignant and introspective exploration of the human experience, highlighting the importance of gratitude and resilience. The author delves into the struggles of the oppressed who seek freedom, the fulfillment of childhood dreams, and the challenges of maturity. The book includes sad poems about bidding farewell to loved ones and reaching the end of the road. Readers will also find poems about hunger for love and passion, and a lesson from Grandma on the importance of food and praising the Lord.

Eating 'Round the Toilet Stool provides a touching and poignant exploration of Aubrey E Drummond’s relationship with Kathleen and the impact she had on his life. It is his second collection, and it evokes a spectrum of emotions. Through heartfelt reflections and well-crafted storytelling, readers are taken on a profound journey through the intricacies of life, allowing them to resonate with its raw and emotional essence. The poems beautifully encapsulate the ups and downs of life, urging readers to embrace every moment, whether it brings happiness or sadness. They will be moved by the emotional depth and wisdom woven throughout this poetry collection, leaving a lasting impact on them. Overall, I enjoyed this collection because it is relatable and unique.