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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Fountain Of My Destiny is a collection of poems written by Trevian J. Hunter Brannon. Filled with pop culture references and relevant social commentary, the poems are written in a post-modern style influenced by hip hop and rap. Author Trevian J. Hunter Brannon uses the personas of "King JSTA", "The Trilla Poet", and "Captain Jack Tony" to explore some heavy topics such as racial discrimination, sexual assault, and gang violence. The poem titled "SODA" talks about racial discrimination in the American justice system. "Sailing the Seas" is a harrowing portrayal of sexual assault. "The Successful Infiltration" is a monologue about extreme right-wing groups infiltrating law enforcement and other powerful agencies in the US, only to abuse the power of their position and harass minorities.
Trevian J. Hunter Brannon utilizes urban street lingo to prime effect, adding a touch of hip hop and rap to provide a unique flow to the verses. The poems feel post-modern, written with a flair that is bound to entertain contemporary readers. I found Brannon's meta-commentary spot on and found myself reading the monologues with as much relish as the poems themselves. Topics like the infiltration of law enforcement agencies by radical supremacist groups and racial discrimination seem particularly relevant in the current climate. Although I enjoyed them all to varying degrees, I found "I'm Just Getting Started (The Warm Up)", "Dear Kanye", and "The Marathon Continues" to be my personal favorites. The Fountain of My Destiny is a much-needed collection of poems for our times. I highly recommend it.