Review of Universal Colloquies Inside of Me
By Veronica Thornton
– Review by Adam Levon Brown
I had the pleasure and privilege of reading and reviewing Universal Colloquies Inside of
Me. It is a collection of poetry and doesn’t have separate parts. The poems herein are very sensuous with vivid description. Almost all of the poems are written in nicely fitted rhyming schemes, some couples, some quatrains. Thornton displays a wide intellect in her quest to get people to ask questions, and does so in beautiful, rhythmic eloquence. I found the read incredibly enjoyable and very thought provoking. “Universal Colloquies inside of Me” is like a history book, Sociology book, Philosophy book, and poetry book all in one. The author hits on very important social issues in a way that grips the reader and doesn’t let go. I found myself trying and failing to put this book down.
I won’t spoil the book for you, but I will tell you about a few of my favorites.
The first poem in the book is a whimsical account of a conversation with a bird. Herein
this poem lies a new perspective on life, and how being positive can change you. The second poem, “Dance Away” is a very sensuous poem about the wind; the words are so tangible and vivid that they make the reader yearn for a cool breeze. The poem, “Ladies Night” stresses the importance of sisterhood. The piece, “Lunar Energy” delves into the power of the moon, and how it can transform your energy and mind to better suit your needs (I Love the moon). The poem, “Spaced Out” uses stars as metaphors to convey an inspirational message while simultaneously making the reader feel content. The poem, “Ugliness” puts a stamp of beauty on everything, while putting down haters; it’s a very beautiful, inspirational poem. “When” staples the floor with incredible insight into the lives of both happy and unhappy people, and gives a very good reason why some are happy and some are not. “They Wonder” is a personal statement which declares the ignorance of many and explains why the author, “Doesn’t say much.” The poem, “Long Division” is a beautiful slap in the face of moral absolution and tears barriers apart with common sense. It’s a truly revolutionary poem. “Slanted Vision” is a brilliant poem about racism in the United States, and how, “Every person is created equal” falls drastically short in terms of actual practice. “Fiction or Fact” is a deep uncovering of religious activity and asks many important questions; this poem asks us, no, yearns for us to look at “His-Story” and ask questions, instead of pushing them aside. “Disappearing Limbs” is a deep metaphor involving trees, and discusses the many “branches” of people living worldwide, and how every life is important, no matter how “Slanted” it may appear. “The way” explains colonization in a very vibrant, nail-splitting way. Thornton dives deep into the process of the subjugation and commoditization of lives in the name of Capitalism. The piece, “Passing Ships” tackles romantic relationships and discusses how “Off-beat” certain people in life can be.
I absolutely love this book and recommend it to absolutely everyone.