Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sha-Sonja Wilson's A Thousand And One Words

The Arts - Poetry


I cannot remember having ever seen her without a smile on her face. She was always smiling, this former student of mine. She was in my writing class. Hers was a very unique style and voice. I knew from the many pieces she wrote that she was a writer in the making. After several years our paths again crossed. I said to her in that former-teacher sort of a way, "Are you still writing? I hope you are?", to which she replied, "Yea. Published a book last year, too. You can find it at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc."  Not only that, but I found out that she is also a professional photographer, owns her own clothing line, is doing screen writing, and owns her own company. I was extremely elated and really glad to hear of her success. It could not have happened to a better person. I was kinda hoping that as her former writing teacher I might have had a wee little bit to do with her emergence as a published writer (smile). Yea right! Not a chance! As far as my little contribution was concerned, she said that it was my character that was the inspiration. Oh well, I will hold on to that.

Sha-Sonja's book of poetry, A Thousand And One Words is quite a read. Once I started it, I could not stop. I kept turning the page wanting more, to see where the speaker's journey would take me. As is usual with me when I am about to read any work of poetry, my heart was mildly racing in anticipation, for poetry is the beginning, middle, and end of an emotional journey. What is interesting and appealing about this work is that you do not know whether it is one poem or many poems. The speaker lets you into her soul (You know the speaker is female, for she identifies as such). There is pain and hurt but without anger. There is no resolution, but neither is there a sense of hopelessness. There is anxiety but no desperation. There is a brief respite from the journey, with an array of black and white images which distracts the reader temporarily from the emotional flow, but the journey continues again, terminating on the notion that the speaker's fate rests with the reader. I loved it!

Miss Wilson's book is available at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble in both digital and print format.