Kissing Caskets, Mahogany L Browne
you love too much
you sing too much
you laugh too much
so loud and bright stop
it's like you challenging the world
it's almost like the world knows
you ain't never been worn against
~ II. Then (maternal advice) from Kissing Caskets By Mahogany L. Browne
Mahogany L. Browne...where have you been all my life?
I definitely feel late to the party, but I am so glad that I found this gifted poet. The voice behind each line is so authentic, it's like your thoughts are being read aloud or better, she's capturing the depth, beauty and emotions of Black women in the pages in an honest and relatable way.
In comparison to Lucille Clifton, who I reviewed earlier this week, Mahogany L. Browne's gift is in the complexity of meaning, using simplicity of words. She makes you flex your mind more in the reflection of your feelings as opposed to stumping you with the definition of phrases. And presents the prose as if she were intimately connected to you.