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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Face of Expression 2: In Your Face by Aaron Woodson is a collection of poetry, ideas, and musings written in a style that is deceptively simple, and in a voice that is masked by naivety, but it is profound and thought-provoking. The reader is immediately pulled in by the childlike voice that addresses a mother, “the Black Queen,” and as they move from page to page, they begin to feel the different emotions of the persona. At times it reads like journal entries, written in a pensive tone. Aaron Woodson’s poetry is divided into four parts: life and military, romance, God and self-improvement, emcee battles, and the author explores his roots, his relationships, his love, his connection with himself, and the exuberant joy of just being alive.
It is interesting how the author explores his roots and the strong images he provides of his background. It is both intimate and universal, exploring the hidden joys of a black boy in a racial environment, yet it highlights the beauty of life, the hidden joy of a connection with God, and the enterprise of personal growth. It is exalting and filled with hope: “I got something called Black Boy Joy! I wake up every day feeling blessed. I thank God for giving me another chance to see a new day.” Aaron Woodson’s writing is entertaining but it challenges the reader to shift their perspective on life and to see the gift in each day, each experience, each encounter, and each breath they take. The Face of Expression 2: In Your Face is a gorgeous compilation that unveils the face of the author and makes for a great read for fans of rap music.