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Recommended for ages 13+.More than just a poetry collection, "Not Afraid to Be Real" is a raw, honest, down-to-earth look at what it is like to be human. Within these pages you will find poems representing a wide variety of subjects, including the ups and downs of romantic love, the everyday frustrations we all face and the overwhelming grief felt by those who have lost aRecommended for ages 13+.More than just a poetry collection, "Not Afraid to Be Real" is a raw, honest, down-to-earth look at what it is like to be human. Within these pages you will find poems representing a wide variety of subjects, including the ups and downs of romantic love, the everyday frustrations we all face and the overwhelming grief felt by those who have lost a loved one. Of course, there are some lighter, more humorous poems to lighten the mood as well, so go ahead and dive in!...

Title : Not Afraid to be Real: A Poetry Collection
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ISBN : 9781612251431
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 62 Pages
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Not Afraid to be Real: A Poetry Collection Reviews

  • Chamera
    2018-11-04 21:54

    Maranda Russell's Not Afraid to Be Real is a collection of poetry dipped in the sweet things that make us all smile, and covered with a light coat of arsenic. From beginning to end, the poems in this collection evoked a feeling of content that allowed me to float on the stanzas and the beat behind the words without worrying about how long it would take me to read it, or the number of pages. What impresses me most about Russell's collection is the tone with which she writes her poems. It's direct, a bit somber, and one hundred percent real. She took topics that we all write about, that we all experience, and she put words to them that stick. She employed clever title use for the poems-such as Broken Glass Slippers, and Finally (a poem for those who try to hold us back) -and had some biting lines that made me smile and wonder "Who is this chick?". Of course there are the fun poems that don't require much thought, and there are the sad ones filled with loss and pain, but there are also poems that make you sit back and think.One line that sticks with me resoundingly is from her poem entitled Passover. In the poem she ends with "Why do even our victorieshave to be so full of blood?" and I found myself nodding. This collection, broken into 5 categories that merge together greatly is one I'd recommend to poetry lovers, especially of the young and adult varieties. When mentioned, I'm sure this collection will put a blissful smile on my face for years to come.4.5 Stars.Review for Mera's YA Book Listmerasyabooklist.blogspot.com

  • L.M. Young
    2018-11-14 18:55

    I thoroughly enjoyed the message that Ms. Russell conveyed within her poetry. I found each poem to be rich in truth; this is not always easy for a writer. When a writer is this honest, they will risk people not accepting the message of the writers craft.The poems were rich in emotion and circumstance. I especially enjoyed the poem "The Living Dead". I hope that everyone gets an opportunity to read her book!!

  • Katherine
    2018-10-24 17:12

    Not Afraid to Be Real ~ A Poetry Collection by Maranda Russell is a poetic chronology of the author’s reflection on the different stages of life. She starts with love and daily living, and progresses through death and grief, before she emerges with hope and inspiration. She writes with an insight on life that many of us may not have considered. Then she adds a short chapter of miscellaneous poems that she describes as “funny, random or just plain weird”. When I first started reading Ms. Russell’s poems, I thought, “How dark and gloomy.” I was right about the first poems because she was writing about topics that should be cheerful and positive, including several of the ones about love, but I decided that Ms. Russell was writing about a subject that she could see as dark or positive. In her introduction, she declares that she writes for teens and young adults because they ““get” what I am trying to say”. They do reflect the angst of the age group. “I was never contentto catch the lightning bugsand watch them glowbehind the glass;I smashed them on the asphaltand drew patternsthat shined briefly,then faded away forever.”When I got to the later poems, the mood changed. By the time I got to the end, I found I was enjoying her take on life. Her poems become more positive and upbeat as she came to the end of the book."I know I can be anything,I know I will succeed.Though doubt may spring up in my heart,it’s hope I choose to feed." All ages will find something they can identify with in this small book of poems. Teens and young adults will relate to their current challenges. Older people will reflect back to what they felt at an earlier time and place. Maranda Russell is a foster parent, children’s author, poet and cat lover who currently lives in Dayton, Ohio. She enjoys art, photography, anime, reading, writing, dancing, hiking, spending time with her family and rescuing stray animals.

  • David Rudd
    2018-10-30 22:03

    Maranda Russell is certainly not afraid to be real. There are moments of bared soul and volunteered vulnerability in many of these poems. The book is split into five sections exploring relationships and the fragility of existence with a brutal honesty. The poems themselves are either frank and honest or playful and poetic. Often the more honest poems lead up to the poetical highs like gentle jabs leading up to a perfectly landed punch. There is some humour too and intelligent observation. I read this book in one sitting and particularly enjoyed her take on weight, the inevitable odds against existing and a wonderful poem called glass slippers.I have awarded this book four stars, it is certainly worth reading and I will certainly follow the poet with interest. At her best she has the honesty of Grace Nichols and the lightness of touch of a young Roger Mcgough. For me there was a distance between the strongest and weakest poems and that a shorter collection would of packed more punch. However at 29 I am certain the best is still to come from her and I look forward to her next collection.

  • James Giles
    2018-11-15 20:01

    With Maranda Russell’s ‘Not Afraid to be Real’, the idea of poetry as therapy and guidance comes alive. The poems in this enticing collection are written for teenagers and young adults. They are aimed at helping them to face and deal with the feelings they will experience in daily life: the joys of love, the everyday turmoils, the loneliness of loss and death, the inspiration of creativity, and the fun of humour. Russell achieves her goal, I feel, by fully opening herself to the reader. Her honesty and keen sense of self-observation serve to invite the reader to look also inward, to accept his or her feelings, and to pursue his or her desires. For example, in a poem entitled, ‘The Living Dead’, she describes how people can seek to stifle a child’s dreams, to turn the child away from pursuing its path. In another called ‘Lightning Bugs’, she portrays how some relationships can tempt one to bask in the other person’s light, rather than achieve one’s own. In these and other poems the poet subtly encourages the reader to be true to himself or herself, to be ‘not afraid to be real’.

  • Donalisa Helsley
    2018-10-26 16:06

    What a motivational, emotional, inspirational collection of poetry. The poems ring of honesty and as if the author let her heart do the writing. The poems touch on love, temptation, loss, and other things experienced in our daily lives.Young people will be encouraged to be themselves through this poetry collection. I'm glad that the author was "not afraid to be real" and shared her heart with us.

  • Ingrid Jennings
    2018-10-28 20:05

    As I read Maranda Russell's poetry her words became an inspirational melody in my mind. Her words inspire, motivate, and captures your heart, mind, and soul. Her poetry is appropriate for young adults and it will also inspire the mature audience. Eat off her table of poetry, you are sure to leave full.

  • Margaret Fieland
    2018-11-03 22:07

    Maranda Russel has a gift for stating an emotional premise and leading the reader, verse by verse, to the concise emotional conclusion, and the subjects of these poems -- from everyday struggles to love to death -- will surely speak to teens and adults alike. Russell's straightforward style make these poems easy to understand. I heartily recommend this fine collection.

  • Kenneth McIntosh
    2018-10-24 18:12

    I notice that the Amazon reviews for this poem book are greatly varied, and I think I know why. If I came at this book with the same criteria that I would use for—let us say—a collection by Yeats or Basho or Seamus Heaney, then I would rank it lower. However this book is spot on for what it claims: poetry (mostly free verse) that is (1) not afraid to be real and (2) targeted for teens (who for the most part are not literary critics). So I evaluate it from the perspective of my guts and from that of the young people whom I teach, rather than from an art critic POV.As for “real” I appreciate Maranda’s courage, writing with utter transparency about some very difficult matters. She cuts through any baloney, tearing away veils of gentile sensibility, denial and discomfort. For example in the poem titled “Accept me as I am” she writes, “See the beast within—don’t be fooled simply by the beauty. View the ugliness, the depravity—and then tell me how much you care.” The poem “Feeling Fat Today” is another emperor-has-no-clothes triumph along with “Weapons of Verbal Destruction” and “The Death of Middle America.”Fittingly, the finest crafted poems are in the section addressing art. These are more complex and reveal better wordsmithing than the earlier poems that are focused on raw emotion. “Passing the Torch” is an elegant whimsical look at the work of a visual artist and “Taste a Poem” does the same for poetry.Finally, several poems just hit my buttons for personal reasons. “To my Insecurities” is a deliciously raw lashing out and “The Living Dead” struck real close to home.I wish I had received this book when I was 16, it might have made my path easier knowing someone else had some of these same hard feelings and knowing they could be shared via the written word.

  • K.D. Rose
    2018-10-25 14:58

    I hate to give bad reviews. As an author I know what it's like to put your heart and soul into a book. However, poetry is treated by too many as something one can just toss off, rather than the art it is. This collection is a good example of just such a mistake. Free verse is not a license to write "whatever". The poems in this book lack consonance of language, harmony of sound and worse, they are filled with clichés. No one doubts that feeling emotions can be powerful experiences. However, it take more than trite language to articulate poetry. A poet's job is to serve the poem- without sentimentality, without cliché, and most especially without the self-involved conceit that is so easy to fall into, particularly when writing about ones own thoughts and experiences. I'm sorry this book was not better because every human being has something valuable to share. However, not every human being was meant to do so through poetic means.

  • Casey Kiser
    2018-11-08 15:51

    I enjoyed this collection. Maranda says in the introduction that she prefers 'gritty, down-to-earth poetry'. And that's what she writes. On her terms. I appreciate Maranda's style of telling it straight. I most enjoy reading poems I can relate to. She writes of romance, loss and hope in this book and it ends with a few quirky poems to make you smile. There are some real gems in here, in my opinion, including 'Lightning Bugs', 'Accept Me As I Am', 'The Living Dead', 'Open Wide' and 'Haiku About Marriage'. And 'The End of an Era' is very touching.

  • Maranda Russell
    2018-11-07 20:00