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  • By Randy Richardson
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A True Find" In her latest poetry collection, True Identities, Michelle Ailene True makes her life an open book. How do I know this? Well, because she says so in one of the collection’s poems, “I’m in the Book.” “Each page, if read carefully, presents a different side of me,” she writes. What these pages show is a woman who struggles, as do we all, with life and its daily battles. Our faith, our loves, our hopes, our dreams, and our fears – they are all recurring themes in True’s open book. While many others have explored these same life puzzles through poetry and other forms of literature, few have done so with such remarkable candidness. What sets True apart from the others is her honesty and willingness to show sides of her self to the public that most of us hold deep inside and rarely, if ever, expose. In the collection’s first poem, “True Identities,” from which the book’s title derives, True acknowledges right off the bat that she is struggling to find her own... More > identities out of the many labels others assign to her. “I am defined by my failures and successes, sorrows and joys, lies and truths, hates and joys, pains and pleasures, losses of faith and returns to God,” she writes. “I am labeled by others, assigned various, often conflicting, roles to play. Somewhere beneath the carefully applied labels lie all my true identities.” In “Our Waking Dreams,” she searches for answers. “Do we live based on our dreams or dream based on our lives?” she asks. “Are our dreams the true reality and our reality only a dream? Are we more alive in our dreams than in the dreams we try to live?” Pieced together, True’s poetry reflects the struggles we all face in trying to figure out exactly who we are, and how we belong, in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world. True’s is a voice that needs to be heard. Let’s hope that she keeps opening her life for all to read. I, for one, can’t wait for that next chapter in her open book. Randy Richardson< Less
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July 20, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.55 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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