Things I've Been Meaning To Say

A Collection of Words and Thoughts

Poetry - General
99 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2015
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Author Biography

Amber Whitted is a gifted author and performing artist from Chicago's southern suburbs. Inspired by family to develop her gifts at an early age, she has filled multiple journals with her personal poetic thoughts. "It is my goal to tell our stories in a way that uplifts and tells the honest truth. We are a people with a rich heritage and amazing stories; it's time we hear them in a positive light."

For more information about the author, please visit http://www.amberwhitted.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

Things I’ve Been Meaning to Say: A Collection of Words and Thoughts by Amber M. Whitted is a powerful, poignant testimonial in poetic form about being black, being a woman, being a servant of God, and about being alive - being alive in the fullest sense, body, soul, mind, and spirit. The language is fresh, original, and heartbreakingly honest. From “Memory”: The problem with memory/is it takes you step by step/and minute by minute/down corridors of shouldacouldawouldas.

There is a fearlessness, a surety about these poems, as if their wisdom is not only hard won, but also dearly prized and shared as an act of courage and faith in response to a calling. Things I’ve Been Meaning to Say: A Collection of Words and Thoughts is more than a book of poems - it is a celebratory treatise on the art of transforming flaws into assets. Amber M. Whitted, in sharing these experiential pearls, brings the reader into a sacred trust - a legacy of hope spun over generations and genders. From “I Am”: I am/the prayers of every slave/the amen at the end/of every hymn sung.

While the perspectives in Things I’ve Been Meaning to Say: A Collection of Words and Thoughts are implicitly those of a black woman, the truths these powerful poems contain are universal and timeless. Anyone reading this collection will come away with a cathartic affirmation that joy and strength follow darkness; that faith will be rewarded with certainty. Amber M. Whitted has made manifest in Things I’ve Been Meaning to Say: A Collection of Words and Thoughts a benediction of monumental value for readers - and believers - everywhere.