Join Alicia Hendricks as she delves into "Snake With A Flower, Poetry and Prose" a book by one of SK's own, Andrew Scott.
Upon asking to do this book review, I immediately became reluctant due to having read previous poetry books, I found them to lack a type of history.
Lacking the who, what, when, where and why's of how their writing was birthed.
I found myself sometimes loving the writings, but seemingly lacking the substance needed to connect with the writer.
When I received Andy's book I was pleasantly surprised, as I made the conscious decision to read this book from the last page to the first, my need for the story behind each writing was fulfilled. In the last few pages of the book, Andrew Scott has a section entitled "How The Snake Arrived,"and in these few pages Andrew Scott not only gives you the history behind each poem, but also a look into the inspiration in which formed them.
After reading my first poem I began taking this book with me to work, the gym, and any place of solitude that allowed me to engulf myself in his writings. Shockingly I was able to find something, or someone that I connected with in each one of them.
Snake With A Flower touches on life, death, hardship, and even the discovery of one’s self a path in which, we all have followed.
Having to pick just one poem that I would base my review on, although extremely hard, I chose the one that stood out to me the most. The one that stuck with me, long after reading it.
"I was going through a very difficult time, this was my rally cry. I was not dead yet, and I knew it," says Andrew Scott of the poem "ReBirth".
Although this was HIS history behind this writing, I personally connected with it, but on a more spiritual level.
Being a Christian, it briefly brought to my remembrance the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Now, don't get me wrong I am not saying that this writing compared to the detailed crucifixion of Jesus Christ as stated in the Bible, I am merely saying that this is what and how I connected with this writer, on a my personal level.
I wanted to give everyone a look into ReBirth;
"I have heard of my spirit's death,
how the torment of yesteryear led to my last breath.
I would hate to be the one to spoil,
I was not buried in hardened soil,
I was very much alive,
slowly digging out is what I strive.
Last I was seen, I had my eyes closed,
arms crossed was what I was posed.
I lay underneath, wide awake,
the body is a little weak,
for what I will seek.
However not the mind,
in it is all I need to find.
When you feel the quake,
that is me, making all awake.
As I reach from the underground,
reaching through, not making a sound.
What you feel was a crucifixion, I feel as a resurrection,
filled with a new blood strength,
that will push me to a new length.
Do not be afraid as I leave my tomb.
Do not be afraid as I cut the cord of the womb.
I reach up to energize,
Please I ask you to realize,
that I aim to not harm on this earth,
as you feel my rebirth."
-Andrew Scott (January 30, 2010)
This is a beautiful poem that takes you to a place of deeper thought, and solitude.
No matter the history behind each writing, possessing the ability to connect with each reader is something that Andrew Scott completely excels at.
I recommend each person read "Snake with A Flower, Poetry and Prose" by Andrew Scott, and find the poem that best connects with you.
Read it, Love it, Recommend it, and support this awesome writer!
If you would like to find out more about Andrew Scott and "Snake With A Flower, Poetry and Prose" please visit his website at: http://andrewmscott.weebly.com