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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
When a woman speaks, she's every woman. She is strong, weak, powerful, timid; she is who God meant for her to be. She's a mother, wife, sister and aunt; she is who she's intended to be. A Woman's Voice: A Little Book of Poems by Eliza D. Ankum is a collection of poems that speak of life, hurt, love and growing from the author's perspective. In this work you may even see yourself, from your upbringing, happier times and the death of a loved one to feeling unloved. When a woman speaks, people listen because she has a lot to say. As Ankum demonstrates in this book, a woman is versatile in exercising her voice, and her words. The poems that you will experience in this book will make you reflect on your life while you peer deeply into that of Ankum.
I love poetry and enjoyed reading several of these pieces, from I, Who Was Murdered and It’s How I Knew He Didn’t Love Me to I’ve Grown Accustomed because of their transparency and the messages that were presented. We all want to feel an essence of belonging and, as Ankum puts pen to paper, you are able to feel the words as they are etched across the pages. “I’ve grown accustomed to my loneliness. Its highs. Its lows…. Its blues. Its grays.. Its quietness that Screams louder than a roar I’ve grown accustomed to my loneliness,” says Ankum. Question is, what have you grown accustomed to?