Seasons (I'll Be Seeing You)

A collection of poems about heartbreak, healing, and redemption

Poetry - Inspirational
68 Pages
Reviewed on 06/29/2020
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Author Biography

Pam R. Johnson Davis is an award-winning writer, singer, historian, and educator residing in Chicago, IL. Her first book, "Seasons (I'll Be Seeing You): A collection of poems about heartbreak, healing, and redemption" debuted at the #1 spot for New Releases in African-American Poetry and Women's Poetry Worldwide on Amazon in June 2020. Seasons (I'll Be Seeing You) was also honored as the winner of the Best Urban Poetry Book Award at American Book Fest in August 2020, won the Gold Book Award through Literary Titan in May 2021, and was the recipient of the 2021 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal in the Poetry - Love/Romance genre.

Pam holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in History and currently serves as the Director of Student Support for a national education nonprofit. She blogs under the pseudonym "Unapologetically Pam," an online platform that seeks to explore, understand, and uplift the experiences of ambitious, healing women who are on their journey of wellness. Additionally, her writing can be found in several publications such as The Lakefront Historian, Ghost Heart Literary Magazine, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, and DivorceForce (an online community for healing from divorce). Pam continues to document her intention to live in unapologetic freedom so that she might help others become themselves, unapologetically.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Walpole for Readers' Favorite

In Pam R. Johnson Davis’s book of poetry, Seasons (I’ll Be Seeing You), her poems follow seven years in her life in which she experiences heartbreak, healing, and redemption. Following a broken relationship, she experiences grief and depression which are beautifully represented in poems like “Descent” and “Worthless”. As she started to recover, Davis wrote poetry that expresses a mixture of painful learning and glimmers of hope. In the poem Oblivion, she writes about her efforts to recover: “I climb up and up, and down I go, adding to my wounds”. The last section of the book presents powerful and timely poems about being African American. The message that you cannot know or understand unless you are actually black in America is clear and compelling. The last poem of the book, “That Girl”, changes “That girl” at the beginning to “This girl” at the end, representing the transformation from who she was to who she has become.

The poems in Seasons (I’ll Be Seeing You) by Pam R. Johnson Davis capture the very raw pain of loss, the transition to healing, and the uplifting joy that comes from surviving a difficult human experience and finding love again. The poems bravely and openly share pain and healing that is simultaneously extremely personal and universal. I found the repetition of words or phrases particularly powerful like the word “still” in “Are You There” and “mess made” in “The Mess I Made”. Some of the repetition seemed to symbolize the repeated efforts to come back and recover. I was moved by the poems in the last section of the book. In today’s America, the poems about being black could not be more timely. Beautifully written, Davis’s words remind us of how impossible it is to understand someone else’s experience and of how far we still need to go.