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  • By Poetry Lover
    Jan 27, 2012
    Crystal Clemons brings the magic of fairy tales to contemporary poetry. Her words burst with the fresh young flavor of bubble gum. Clemons is a princess in search of her prince charming. Her poetry is innocent like a crush, bright like a shiny glass slipper, passionate like teenage sex, emotional like the tears of a first heartbreak, and full of a hope that could only come straight from a darling, fragile young girl. The narrator is unblemished. The jaded and bitter world is far removed from her creative imagination. As the girl becomes a woman, pain and betrayal eventually infiltrate Clemons’ poetry. Clemons portrays the tender hurt of a budding young girl who can’t find a boy to rescue her from the immature world she has outgrown. This makes the reader want to hold and protect her from the harsh realities of life. Clemons brilliantly renders poetic justice—giving the little girl everything she was denied in the real world by evoking love and sympathy from the reader. Opening up... More > Clemons’ book is like unclasping the pink strap from a girl’s diary. The words are pure, honest, and meant for her eyes only. Her private thoughts on sex are so descriptive and explicit that the reader questions whether it is okay to continue reading. Over time the entries become darker. The repetitive pain from broken love pushes this princess further behind her castle walls. Isolation and despair result. It is this exact point where loss of innocence transforms the giddy girl into the guarded girl and makes us all wonder when we lost our bright eyes, our belief in the fairy tale, and last tasted the fresh young flavor of bubble gum. I invite you to read the book Only Words. It is a conversational, relatable, intense work of literature from a perspective few will ever see, but just might discover in themselves.< Less
  • By Sara Megan Kay
    Dec 3, 2011
    Crystal's first book, "Only Words: A Collection of Poetry" gives me the sense that I've seen her words somewhere before. No, I am not accusing her of plagiarism, merely suggesting a sense of deja vu. Her poetry brings to mind what I myself wrote years ago, and it also reminds me strongly of the writing style of my friend, Amanda Waley. Several of her poems have the same titles as certain well-known movies and songs, and seem to contain her personal drawings and reflections from those same titles. The rest of her poetry is what you might find inside any girl coming-of-age, trying to find her own heart and voice in today's society. You can see that this is a special project that was years in the making. Bottom line, Crystal Clemons is a voice of today's woman and I consider her a writing colleague. Her first book shows much potential, and you instinctively know that her writing is still very young. I eagerly look forward to her next book.
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Crystal A. Clemons
July 7, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.67 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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