Pearls among Stones

Poetry - General
134 Pages
Reviewed on 01/21/2014
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Author Biography

Spiritual, Conscious, natural are some characteristics to describe this Nubian Queen. Christena AV Williams or Antonia Valaire as some may know her as is a Poet, Author, Historian and Philosopher.

She began writing at age ten and ten years later Brian Wrixon, Canadian, published her first collection of poetry, “Pearls among Stones”. This eventually earned her one of the most prestigious awards ever given to youths in Jamaica, The Prime Ministers National Youth Awards for excellence in Arts and Culture. Also, Youth empowerment award from Jamaican Youth empowerment through culture, arts and nationalism, (JAYECAN).

She writes with passion and radical evoking feelings. This young poet through a lot of circumstances writes like a lioness, a warrior at heart. She writes just about anything and sometimes she cannot explain where she emanates the inspiration but believes it must be God. Her dreams and aspirations are to write poetry and learn from the veterans as well as to inspire change and hope. She knows it is not easy but hopes that her poems can influence positivity.

The poet greatest Inspiration is her Mother. A strong woman of whom she loves and emulates worked very hard that she may know the importance of perseverance, love, dedication, Hard work and that dreams are not impossible however, possible to attain.

Other influences are: Late Hon. Louise Bennett, Late Dr. Maya Angelou, Late Bob Marley, Yasus Afari, Mutabaruka, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickson, Tupac Shakur, Jah9, Chronixx and Tracy Chapman.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Pearls among Stones by Christena AV Williams is a collection of poems where the poet speaks about diverse topics. Her writings are influenced by God and music and some of the poems revolve around that theme. They also speak about her inner turmoil and she hopes, through her writings, to connect with readers who feel pain in their lives. Her writings are profound and thought provoking and her poems evoke a positive feeling in the minds of readers. She speaks of love, hope, God and many relevant topics that readers can easily relate to.

Her belief in God and her love for music form the theme of a few poems in this book.'Poetry is my Herb' and 'Poetry is my Religion' are poems that show the poet's love for the art. The poems that are tributes to Bob Marley and Maya Angelou are the two other poems that I liked in this collection. 'Blue Skies' is a poem with a positive vibe. Many poems revolve around her homeland, Jamaica, and many things that are related to Jamaica. The reggae beats and the poet's love for reggae music and blues is evident from many poems in the collection.

The style of writing is simple, honest, and straight forward. On the whole, the collection is beautiful and some of the poems are soul-searching and inspire you to look at life and the things around you with a different perspective.