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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ongoing Preparation: Thoughts & Tales: Ascension Process & Unification Systems is a collection of poetry, prose and art by Crown Burton, which explores spirituality and a new way of perceiving life. The book is a collection of three separate volumes which form the complete work, and the general themes include the ideas of counting your blessings, passing blessings onto others and rising above the humdrum way in which people think about the world. The work encompasses many references to the Christian faith in its spiritual approach, but also explores issues of human philosophy, the power of music, pressures of modern life, and ideas of science and the universe.
I thoroughly enjoyed Crown Burton’s African American approach to rhythmic poetry, a loose, informal style which made much of Ongoing Preparation: Thoughts & Tales: Ascension Process & Unification Systems into a celebratory read. The Christian elements of the poetry and prose were joyful rather than preachy, and there was a strong sense of the author’s own culture running through every piece which gave the collection a holistic feel, despite the varied subject matter of the works included. The art and diagrams later in the book were, I’ll admit, a little confusing to me, as the author presents a new world view and philosophical considerations on the universe that could do with a little more explanation. Overall though, I think fans of poetry and experimental thinking will find plenty of interesting ideas to chew over in this collection. A fascinating and thoroughly unique read.