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Bruised Kisses: Affliction vs. Affection, A Collection of Poems
by Monique M McDowell   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1607034514 Type: 


Copyright:  April 13, 2009 ISBN-13:  9781607034513

McDowell's poetry collection ignites past feelings from poems of activists, victims, lovers, fighters, mothers, youth and writers who demand to be freed.

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Synonymous with it's name, Bruised Kisses, McDowell's first poetry collection, covers a plethora of topics both sweet and sour with words as light as a feather yet as piercing as the scorching sun. Her poems are just as addictive, exciting and challenging as Sudoku puzzles. McDowell's poetic punch will spark conversations in classrooms and universities across America, igniting dialogue and action in response to her bold inscriptions. McDowell beautifully illustrates her world with apparent and hidden imagery, allegory, allusion and bold references. McDowell honed her craft as an avid lover of poetry critique and has now given America a contemporary poetry collection worth reading. Bruised Kisses is a bold kiss and a must read for homes and classrooms across America.


Creative inspiration
Mixed with gas price inflation
Voluntary solitude
Welcomed ingratitude
Served the homeless in Manila
Then become a homeless college student
And mother in America
Racial discrimination justified
As manager proclaimed Black Girl
Gave Jesus his eviction note
While her abusive ex she couldn’t
Wait to promote
Self-employment had to end
As her car became uncooperative
Wrote poems and created soliloquies
Since the voice in her mind
Had to be freed
Degree hanging on the wall
While debt remained stacked 10 feet tall
Apathy knocked on the front door
While shame and disgust waxed the floor
Dreams of the American family
Burst into flames
Along with the hope of wisdom, wealth, and fame

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Reader Reviews for "Bruised Kisses: Affliction vs. Affection, A Collection of Poems"

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/11/2009
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