now that I’m here: lyrics from the mud to the sun is a wonderful introduction to a new voice in poetry. I am delighted to be introduced. —-Nikki Giovanni, Author of Bicycles
now that I’m here: lyrics from the mud to the sun is a story filled with the joy and pain of remembrance, and the glory of a journey to the sun. Like the lotus flower, the roots of poetess, Brook Blander, settle in the muddy waters of her past.
These seven chapters rearrange the mind and reach for the deepest regions of the heart. The product of a rape and molestation, the collection opens in The Basement of moist walls, singing blues and the marks the end, and the beginning of two souls. Hanging Moss is a meal to remember those gone during a season of unjust killings. Waiting for Tomorrow tells of a child deprived and Girl of a life of growth and acceptance. Making Youtells of the desperation for and need for love while A Getting Society shows how selfish behaviors and laziness are inherited.
It tells they are passed on in a predetermined road map and in the end a choice must be made to continue or derail. Good Morning, Dew is an aubade and truth is sought in I Wanna Taste The Sun as it screams to explore and challenge all that is supposedly known. In I Want To Ask You Something, the burden of generational curses is described and the non-accountability of the careless transfer of them are exposed.
What The Readers Are Saying…
If you have ever walked through mud, you know how persistently it sticks to your shoes and how difficult it is to get them clean again. Many people just give up, believing that those shoes will never again be wearable. Born as a result of rape and nurtured by the physical and verbal abuse of the great-grandmother that raised her, Brook Blander has nevertheless managed to cleanse her life of the mud of her birth and childhood to rise to the sun. Her most recent book and comments, now that I’m here: lyrics from the mud to the sun, wisely avoids the details of her past, leaving the reader to read between the lines. The pain is there, the disappointment, the rage, but through the therapy of her poetry, she has risen above all that has been negative in her life. This is a book of triumph, a reminder that the soul is capable of conquering the foes of doom in all of our lives inviting us to live in peace and joy.
– Naomi Long Madgett | Detroit Poet Laureate | Detroit, MI
This book is an absolute gift…to oneself. Brook Blander gives you the opportunity to engage on a deeper level, ponder with purpose, and feel the full range of emotions. It is a small book with power that bursts through its binding. Buy it for yourself…and buy another for someone you care about–you won’t be willing to lend this one out!!
– B. Ayers | Dallas, TX
Just finished reading my complementary copy of “now that i’m here” by Brook Blander. I must say, it was hard to put down. Every poem preceding the next in perfect form, a genuine journey. Simple yet detailed all at the same time. A deep look into the author’s life and still many can relate. My favorite selection by far “Whole-ness” Just beautiful! Go Brook! 😉
My first thought upon getting “now that I’m here: lyrics from the mud to the sun” was the beauty of the cover. Intense, subtle and vibrant all at the same time. To say the inside was just as beautiful is really sort of clichéd but true in this instance. With words spread generously and honestly between the pages, I attempted to not pick favorites but “because” and “taste the sun” both sung out to me. Poetry is personal and Brook gave of self between these pages, leaving herself open to me and to you. From the mud to the sun digs deep while inspiring more.
– A. Williams | Jacksonville, FL
Other Books by Brook Blander (Poetry)