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Who Is Black Hamlet? by Black Hamlet is a collection of poetry that some may describe as esoteric or even a bit dark. Who Is Black Hamlet? contains poems that are meant to be read in a sequential order and to be interpreted in a personal, subjective manner. The poems are listed under the categories of Birth, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Who is Black Hamlet, Old Age, and Beyond. Some of the poems can be taken quite literally whereas others are more obscure and open to interpretation in any way. There is a short bio and a list of general acknowledgements at the end of the book that provide some context for the poetry.
I had a mixed reaction towards Who Is Black Hamlet? by Black Hamlet. I thought some of the poetry was soulful, some of it was simple and literal, whereas some of it was intense and certainly open to many different interpretations. Overall, though, I enjoyed the collection and thought it was a unique approach to poetry. The other thing I liked about the poems is the natural rhyme and rhythm intermingled with historical references that make for an interesting read. This is an enjoyable collection; however, some of the poems or indeed the entire collection probably needs to be read more than once to get the complete meaning out of it. I also felt that there are philosophical questions put forward through some of the poems; again, that is up to interpretation. In general, Who Is Black Hamlet? by Black Hamlet is a collection that I would recommend for fans of poetry.