+THRIVE READING SERIES No: 003

HERE WE ARE, REFLECTIONS OF A GOD GONE MAD
TE V. SMITH

+Review

 

‘Wednesdays are now for rain, and roads untraveled.’

Here we Are Reflections of a God Gone Mad is quiet the book. In truth, I wasn’t well prepared to dive into the subject matter it encompasses, and I found myself astounded page after page.

‘Society as

My body

My heart

My god

My love

My rage

My peace

Would all have me

Believe me, incomplete.’

Like the blurb says, this is not a book about religion, but it does encompass conversations and contemplation about faith, religion, God, as well as love, the hardships of life, the black man in relationship to society, history and so much more.

To say the least, I was mind blown by this book. There were passages that I read and thought about throughout the day, and returned to again. There some passages I skipped, and returned to at a later time. Not because they were bad; because they were too complex for the mood I was in.

‘He’s never known

The importance

Of being

Grounded

In something.’

I don’t usually read poetry in order of appearance in a book, but with this book I found that I almost had to in order to glimpse what it was that the author was writing about. There was so much beauty, and pain in this collection, which features prose as well as poetry, that makes me sure that I will return to this book again, in the near future.

‘One day I will laugh and no loneliness will fall out.’

My one issue about this book has nothing to do with the writing, but with how much is in the book, at times I felt like the book could have easily been divided into three books. That being said, Here we Are is worth reading. The only advice I’d give a reader is to come prepared

In conclusion, Here We Are, Reflections of a God Gone Mad is as complex as the title suggests. Happy Reading.

LAST THOUGHTS

+ 4.5 Stars

QUOTED POEMS

1.      Una Settimana in Villa
2.      Urban Planes
3.      Tell Me Again Why I War
4.      Love

+Release: 2013
+Purchase: TEVSMITH