A Poet's Diary 1

A Poet's Diary 1

by Earnest Navar Williams


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ISBN-13: 9781543425352
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 58
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)

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A Poet's Diary 1 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Destiny Bermudez 12 months ago
A Poets Diary is a beautiful series of personal poems by Earnest Williams. His poems cover a variety of subjects like love, loss, redemption, religion, and an assortment of others. His poems are raw, sometimes playful, but always thought provoking. Dreams are a common theme, to help with the credibility of the imagery. There is also art associated with every poem which helps with the interpretation. Each poem has a different cadence and rhyme scheme. Some are short and playful, while others are ripe with detail. There is a passionate one about the American Flag, describing each color with his personal associations with it. There is also a poem about slavery, parallel to one about being a soldier-turned-civilian. The order of the poems was considered, making a loose story to follow along, making the book hard to put down. There are numerous religious poems, and poems about true love, but there are a few poems about becoming a police state, which makes me infer the author is a person of color. It says a lot about our current culture when an issue is so pervading it is discussed in a personal book of poems. Overall the book is an interesting insight into Earnest Williams. He seeks love and justice, something I think we can all agree on.
BrittaniH More than 1 year ago
“ A Poet’s Diary 1” by Earnest Nevar Williams is a collection of poems that reveal the author’s most raw feelings and thoughts. The poems are open and honest regarding, what the reader can only assume is, the author’s personal experiences. Love, fear, frustration, agony, jealousy, hope, and relief are just a few of the emotions illustrated within Williams’ words. He discusses topics like mental illness, police surveillance, faith, patriotism, and romance. Each poem has its own unique structure to reflect the emotions the author wants to convey. For example, in the second poem, “It does not Stop Me from Being Happy,” Williams chose not to include any lines, line breaks, or stanzas, as he wanted to replicate the overwhelming and confusing feeling of a constant string of thoughts flooding one’s mind. Likewise, the poem “Times My Enemy” is short and simple, to replicate the idea that time passes quickly, and with each tick and tock, the amount of time we have is precious. Each poem encompasses a beautiful rhythm and rhyme to it to. Some almost sound like a poetic rap the way they’re written with lots of internal rhyme. For example, the author says, “We were caught in our crossbeam, Our self-esteem, no longer hover supreme.” Even if the reader cannot understand and empathize with the experiences described in these poems, they most definitely can relate to the raw and honest feelings that are expressed. If you’re looking be inspired, Williams’ work is a beautiful collection that will have you reading his words over and over again.
KristenBrady More than 1 year ago
“A Poet’s Diary” by Earnest Navar Williams is a thought-provoking read. The book is a series of personal notes written in a poetic form about the thoughts of daily life and struggles from different human being’s point of view. Each chapter tells the tale of someone’s life and the struggles they face. I particularly felt sad when I read about the smoking vagabond who entered the bus wreaking of cigarette smoke and urine. And even though he probably already knows he smells like this he needs to get on the bus to go somewhere but people are disgusted by his odor and they gasp for oxygen as he walks by and they try to get more air by inching closer to the window. I also enjoyed the poem about the chosen ones and how Virgos are the chosen ones by God of course, and me being a Virgo, I especially found this poem comforting. As the reader travels through the book he or she will have the ability to find at least one chapter that they can truly relate to and that offers comfort or perhaps any other spectrum of feelings, such as sadness, gladness, or even madness. This poetry book is great in that it has a way with identifying readers to different subjects that are very personal, and that human nature is very vulnerable to. The crack pot poem is especially sad as it describes a crack pot on the stove that boils days and night to supply the crack heads on the street. It is very thought-provoking and describes the realty faced on a daily basis by the supplier and the ones addicted. You will not be able to put this book down, as there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great series of original poems quite rich in feeling. I feel like the author ingrained the book with his memories and events from his personal life. There is a good ammount of emotions and delicacy in the way he brings his writings to us. The author touches the religious topics with a notable sensibility, even if you were not a religious person you could feel touched by the relationship the author holds with God, and all the good things that come to him through it. Mr. Willians brings poems that are of great help when we are lacking a bit on self esteem and trust in ourselves, making us think about all the little things of our day to day life. A person that has gone through quite a lot of hardship and complicate situations that made him question about life. A deep sadness that came from those situations painted very touching poems. It is hard not be able to relate to a poem like "The new Me", when you have your own insecurities and weakness, it is a content that is almost like a guidance to your own rise, just like it did for the author. The book is very inspiring, with lots of short poems, I would recommend the book for people that would like to have a good pick up anytime book, that you can enjoy a nice message everyday. No matter the point of life in which you're going through now, this book will have a message to touch you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pick up a book of poetry because I want it to make me think – either about a turn of phrase or rhyme or about the issue or theme the poem explores. A Poet’s Diary does a great job of this from the very first poem to the very last. Yet it does so with an eye toward current events, such as racism, and with a modern air and modern references. Take for example the poem Crack Pot, which is accompanied by an image of a smoking pot on a stove in what I must assume is some cheekiness. It is talking about someone who smokes crack, someone who is “smoking none stop, around the clock.” It includes some simple rhymes, but it paints a clear picture of the ravages crack inflicts on a person. It reminds me of the poem “The Emperor of Ice Cream.” The author also has several poems exploring the theme of racism, specifically racism in America in a time of police brutality and mass incarceration. In “I am better than nothing,” the author says he is “educated like a white man. Disciplined like a black man.” His frustration is clear as he says he is about to explode but he does not want to do so. What must it be like to live with that level of rage and oppression? Clearly, it takes a physical and emotional toll, but it does make for good poetry, I guess! Overall, very enjoyable and easy read for anyone who likes poetry.
Alexis_Wolfe More than 1 year ago
The poems were somewhat simple but this didn’t take away from the complex issues and problems they dealt with. I especially enjoyed the spoken rhyme poem about freedom since it rhymed well and was catchy. The topics ranged widely from being about a homeless man smoking to war. All of the poems were fairly short and to the point. I thought it was interesting that multiple poems dealt with the idea of God and the relationship He has with humans. A lot of poetry, especially modern poetry, doesn’t really discuss God, or if it does, it isn’t necessarily in a positive light. This made me wonder about the author and his/her relationship to God. I also found that it wasn’t vapid or melodramatic, as some poetry can be. I also found it to be interesting that the book ended on a poem about seduction. I felt like it left me wanting more poetry. There was also good use of end rhyme throughout the book. This made it feel almost sing-songy, which was often at odds with the subject being discussed. This also reminded me of some rap songs, which made it more relatable. Overall, I would recommend this book to someone trying to get into poetry or someone who enjoys spoken word poetry.
Missmolly3011 More than 1 year ago
A Poets Diary 1 is a collection of soul-revealing poems by Earnest-Navar Williams. This series of pieces are put together into a collection that truly gives the reader a look inside the thoughts and experiences of the author. As one reads it feels like a truly personal story being told through poetry. I have so much respect for artists who create things which are so honest and revealing. I appreciate this immensely. There is deep pain portrayed through It does not Stop Me from Being Happy. There are words put to the internal struggle of mental illness in Psychosis. There is sexiness in Seduce me. There is faith and love and romance and fear and anger and so many emotions. This author pours out his soul to his reader Although these poems are easy and quick to read they are complex in their themes and the emotions that are portrayed through his words. I found myself going back and reading through each poem and this gave me an overall deeper feeling of connection to the words. There are some lovely rhyme schemes, but the author doesn’t seem to be too connected to a specific style, which I appreciated. It left the feeling of a very diverse collection of poems but with a commonality of deep emotion that ties them all together. This book of poems made me curious about and empathetic towards the author. I would certainly be interested in reading more of his works.
kristy morgan More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of poems that are very emotional and will pull at the heart. They tell stories about being brave, working hard, and getting through adversity. I get the impression that many, if not all, of these poems, have been inspired by real-life events from the author's life or possibly events from family members. The author is obviously not a stranger to rough times but he also shares his experience of trusting in God. He believes God helped him overcome depression and gave him a better life. I enjoyed reading these poems and I think anyone that's been through difficult times will enjoy them as well. I think we have all had different experiences in life, but we've all had at least a little bit of trouble now and again, so that alone makes this collection of poems relatable. And even if you think you might not relate, pick it up anyway, you just might learn something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are plenty of wonderful poems in here that kept me lost in thought. "A poet's Diary" has short poems that deal with different life events in moments full of uncertainty. Some are filled with imagery, others have romance, and others have life turning points. My favorite was "It does not stop me from being happy" which expressed feelings of oppression and self-awareness altogether. Whether you are looking for something uplifting, somber, or simply creative, I am sure you will find a poem that fits your mood in this poet's diary. I know I did.
MailiD34 More than 1 year ago
“A Poet’s Diary 1” by Ernest Navar Williams was an inspirational book for anyone that has dealt with discrimination or experienced misfortune. His inspiring story led readers through his journey of religion, war, and racism, all told through beautifully written poems that elicited many emotions at once. At one point, he even writes about the process of writing the book itself, and how he found it difficult to find the right words to express himself. Williams’ story is that of courage, perseverance, and rising above the injustices that were thrown at him. He showed the importance and necessity of finding yourself and your purpose through Jesus and believing in Him through all of the difficult times that you may need to overcome. He explained that each and every one of us are Pieces of God, and that we are all connected in that way. The emotion in his well thought-out words were enough to tug at anyone’s heart strings. This story, shown to us through the eyes of a veteran, was a beautifully depicted piece of literature that really made me open my eyes to the world around me. A definite must-read for anyone who understands the difficulty of prevailing through all of the hard times, and keeping your faith throughout the process.
DulcimerGal More than 1 year ago
“A Poet’s Diary 1” by Earnest Navar Williams contains a series of short poems that together express a depth of emotion that will tug at your heart. Mr. Williams’ poems tell a story of courage, hard work, and resilience in the face of pain and misery. Topics include social injustice, patriotism, love, relationships, and recovery. I believe the storyline of these poems may have been inspired by actual events in Mr. Williams’ life, and he may have also drawn from his family history and the stories of relatives long deceased. However, when he talks about slavery, and emancipation from bondage, Mr. Williams is surely referring to more than physical enslavement by a person. I believe he is sharing his own personal struggle with feeling oppressed because of low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority. However, although the author is obviously quite familiar with adversity, he also tells his story of loving and trusting in the Lord through it all, and our need for God’s love and mercy, and redemption in Jesus. He tells of his own rise from depression and self-doubt in the poem “The New Me,” and he gives credit for his new life of joy to the Lord. Mr. Williams’ words will strike a chord in the heart of anyone who has gone through trials and difficulties, or experienced deep sorrow … well, that’s all of us. I think you might miss the underlying message if you read all these poems in one sitting. I recommend you savor them just a few at a time.
Rachel_Sibert More than 1 year ago
Earnest Navar Williams has graced his readers with a collection of original works of modern poetry in his new book titled simply, A Poet’s Diary 1. Mr. Williams draws the reader in with his vision and expression of topics such as the emotional turmoil felt by a veteran. Throughout the book there are glimpses of religious ponderings, things that provoke the reader’s thoughts and emotions. Whether you agree or not you can still feel William’s passion through the words poured out on these pages. Pieces of God is one of my favorite poems in the book. I love how Earnest Navar Williams tied all of the “pieces” of existence to God. The line that made me smile says, “The order will remain with his nod. For I know, we are all pieces of God.” In the poem titled Puzzle the author talks about this puzzle being a mystery to solve. The puzzle being the poem itself. He talks of how he struggled to find the rhythm for it and how amazed he was when he discovered it. Williams talks about how if the puzzle dazzles it’s complete. For him the puzzle, the poem, is complete when he feels it will wow the reader. I think he has succeeded in doing just that. This book takes twists and turns, keeps you thinking and anticipating what is to come. If you like modern poetry, or are looking for thought provoking literature than this is the book for you. Check out A Poet’s Diary 1 today!