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Tumika Patrice Cain
This is such a tender collection of poetry. McLean’s writing style is very clear and while many of the poems caused me to stop and reflect, I did not have to figure out what he was saying, which I thoroughly appreciated. I love the transparency of his heart on the issues of love and loss, even as he shared the part he played in the downfall of certain relationships. With intensity and great poignancy, he penned his frustration of being a black man, a black person in America, yet managed to do so without spewing hatred. With gentleness, yet also with a straightforward approach, he fused consciousness and a desire for people to ‘wake up’ and realize what is going on all around them with grace and no judgment. He allows his well-crafted poetry to reveal his heart, his mind, his passion, his pain. And my response is I hear you….loud and clear!
Mother Nellie… I wished she was my grandmother. She seemed wise and the coolest most understanding woman to know.
My Lucky Girl… I’m like “where’s my lucky guy?” Lol
She… Her!! Them. Never we. I loved this creation. It was so delicate.I highly recommend this book to all upcoming and current poets. Also to readers alike. If you love crazy wordplay, awesome synonyms, and highly visual words, pick up this book and read. Then share. You’ll be surprised to see someone’s reaction if you presented this amazing book as a gift. Go Julius!
Marilyn Diamond, AAMBC Reviewer
I took issue with as would any Queen should with” Lost Love.” Only because he failed she, as he courted other girls. Learn from your lessons and commit. Find your Queen.
I was feeling Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Stephanie Mills when I wished that I was “home.” When I got to “Temple” I was as much in a “Sanctuary” and close to spirituality as I can get. I wish your “Soul Deep” true love. “Vacuum” took me to the political arena of today leading up to the last days of our historical content of losing our first African-American President. Julius speaks to you about everything in his abstract words of prose.
May your soul, you words and truth take you around the world for movie soundtracks and success. Most of all I wish you enough… peace. Riveting, graceful, spoken words from love. Excellent spoken word of truth. (5) five stars.