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Friday, May 25, 2012

FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: In Due Season by Rickey Hood



In Due Season by Rickey Hood
http://amzn.to/InDueSeason


In Due Season is a collection of poetry and prose that reflect the life experience of a man that has struggled and made peace with his faith, sexual orientation, and loss of loved ones. This work is a holistic view of life; the bad, the good, and the lovely. 


Section #1 the essay The Mountain before Us speaks of the life of African- American writers and the African- American readership. How the two are in disconnect till the larger audience gives its approval. The poems in section #1 encompasses political and social themes giving voice in such poems as Dreams and Reality, Sing, Freedom, and I saw it filled with roses and butterflies. 

Section #2, the essay Legitimate Discourse: on gay relationships in the black community is a thoughtful examination of gay life in black culture. It examines family relations, personal struggle, why men are on the Down Low, spiritual/religious struggles, and acceptance or rejection of their sexual nature(s). It is an essay that shows how being an African- American man and gay can be complicated. Section #2 has a collection of traditional love poetry. Such poems as… And I loved you, Just the thought of you, and Smile, these poems are well crafted and multi-layered with meaning that will satisfy and entertain. These are the type of poems you would love to read to your loved one. 


Section #3, the essay Quest for God starts in the 1980’s during the height of the televangelist movement and tracks my spiritual life into the new century. The essay Christian Gnosticism in Islamic Theology is a scholarly critique on the symbiotic relationship of Islam and past Christian beliefs found in the Gnostic scriptures. Quest for God’s group of poems is meant to express words of praise and joy to God, our Creator. 


Section #4, the essays In Due Season and April 17, 2004 recounts the pain of lost loved ones and the hard realities of change. The sickness and death of my Mother and the deaths of close friends are shared here in poetry. These are ‘welcome to the real world” essays where we learn nothing remains forever, that loosing the people we love is a part of life and living. 



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