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Review for Talisha Harrison, The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess College Days of Future Past 5 September 2013 4 Stars The trajectory of this collection of poems is easy to follow, quick and easy read. The poems themselves are accessible to everyone; if you remember your school days you will relate to these poems very readily. However one negative I found is that the book is very short and while it ends appropriately in terms of the poetry the content feels somewhat abbreviated, almost like some of them are incomplete thoughts. Then again the very nature of this topic – reflection of College Days of Future Past – can often feel abbreviated and incomplete in real life as there’s so much we’re working through! Also the poems are ordered one right after the other in the e-book almost like a list, as opposed to one or a couple of poems per page. This may be due to e-book publishing nonetheless it makes it feel a little rambling, as though you’re supposed to just read through all the poems non-stop. It would benefit the poems to have that pause or page break and savor the imagery and very real moments one experiences in school that the author captures so well. I greatly appreciate however the genuine voice, and concise nature of these poems. You can very easily read these and imagine going about a day-to-day scholarly life. The author achieves fullness in her range of topics that is true to life, and especially college. This is a relatable read that any reader can fit themselves into the scenes and fill with their own memories. The poem “Mr. Poe” is honest, insightful, and personal. It takes a look at her experience learning he was racist, yet she was a fan. You can very easily sink into this poem and say “What if” someone you admired hated you without ever knowing you? It reflects on one of the many conundrums I think so many of us face in school and in life, that brick wall you never saw coming. I like in “Chemistry:” how the author relates the basic element of school – classes – to the many elements of “real life”. Again this fits what you really do experience; you find yourself analyzing some of your classes in terms of the rest of your life, I can definitely say I did it in my chemistry class as well! And this is something I really like about her collection, that we the reader get to experience her expressiveness, seeing that she needed to find a place for these words in her around every corner and that at every turn she had these thoughts to express. “The Campus” is another poem I enjoy for its gentle and descriptive nature. It is an example of how she brings the reader along with her in her school journeys, taking in her surroundings like a small child seeing a new world. And I really like how it fits into the order of the poems because it sets you up, going from high school to college, taking in the scenery before you, the serenity and movement of your campus wherever you are, we’ve all been there. Overall this book is well put together although it ends appropriately it leaves you feeling like there should be more content, you need more. It is accessible to everyone in her use of language, not just poetic fans. And I like the journey she took me on because I followed her through her college experiences at the same time that she took me back through my own. This collection of poems is a testament to the very real process of reflection while going forward through our new experiences. You can feel her reflection through her words. The last two poems – On Course Pt. 1 & 2 – are very fitting as conclusions and what it’s like to go out into the world after college. I look forward to seeing where her course took her after college.