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Beautiful Brown
by Kate Burnside
Thursday, March 31, 2005
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A tribute to Grace Nichols


Evening heat in Antigua

Antipodean island revellers:
Caucasian Norsemen and
descendents of traders in flesh

Rasta steel band in full, rhythmic flow -
acres of smooth-polished muscle
vibrating round burnished steel drums

How thin white beauties
gyrate their response!
All needle-point stilettos,
stiffened sinews and
razor-sharp bones...

Courtship grinds and sparks

Local girls behind the bar,
alight with heat and attitude

Brazen as strings of boastful black pearls
they serve easy smouldering glances,
share simmering emotional intelligence
with each of the pent-up players

More passion kindles casually
as they go about their work
than is forged in the furnace
of white beauties' fancy fretwork

How our thin white beauty
leaves them steely-cold...

How our hard-won bronzed veneer
can never make us brown

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Reviewed by Chanti Niven 4/5/2005
What can I add to the reviews of others? Another superb masterpiece from a poet who draws deep into her well of creative genius. I always think that you cannot possibly get better and then you surprise me. You are such an inspiration.
Reviewed by M. B. 4/5/2005
You are so clever in your word weave, Kate. You can twist and weave images into clear vision. Such is exquisite talent married to keenly honed skill.

You shine.

Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 4/3/2005
You have thoughts in this that are reminiscent of
my "Different Skin" poem.
Enjoyed your version immensely, Kate.
Reviewed by George Jackson 4/2/2005
A very descriptive, excellent write.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/1/2005
Thank you for sharing this slice of culture. The wonderful images take me right there, Kate. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 4/1/2005
Your words are so colorfully expressive that the reader jumps right in and experiences the moment first hand. The acres of smooth-polished muscle caught my attention with a definite zing to my..umm...senses..yeah that's it! Wonderful work, Kate, I truly enjoyed this read.
Take care,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/1/2005
Refreshing as tropical air, your words--and so spot on true--you make one think

Excellent, Kate--thank you!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Sue Hess 4/1/2005
nice and so true
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/1/2005
This is quite a tribute, and quite an interesting poem, Kate. Well Done!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 4/1/2005
Felt like I was there and can still hear those steel drums.

"they serve easy smouldering glances" ---Love this line!

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 3/31/2005
excellent. You've come a long way in a year, competing with oneself seems to be working. Write on, syster! k
Reviewed by jude forese 3/31/2005
a masterful mergence of cultural imagery with a rich landscape of color and tone ... your style, imagery and content is accelerating most profoundly ... luved experiencing this poem!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/31/2005
yeah, if I was brown I would save many thousands..But just have to work, lazing in the heat of summer..
Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/31/2005
Powerful write. Love the blend of cultural elements and contrasts like a very bold painting shouting loud and brilliant colors at the panting anxious hearts of the world.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 3/31/2005
This is very unique and just as interesting as the painting.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/31/2005
What I feel has been said Kate! You do paint words with a masterful brush, and it is always vibrant like a Gauguin canvas full of vivid life!Superb poem!

Reviewed by Paul Williams 3/31/2005
Kate your words weave a wonderous tribute to a fantastic poet and a favourite of mine. You have created a rich tapestry of imagery and as always your work never fails to impress.

Reviewed by George Carroll 3/31/2005
You have a way with words that adds luster to the images you paint with them.
Reviewed by J. R. Corbin 3/31/2005
such incredibly vibrant and vivid images! I am are truly gifted.

Excellent writing, Kate

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