Publisher/Date: Dodi Press, May 2011
Renair Amin’s MENTAL SILHOUETTE comes in many shades of love, pain, anger, and finally, light.
Divided into four colorful sections, the poems found in Silhouette read like a diary of Amin’s innermost feelings and opinions – as an author, spoken word artist and minister.
First is the Red Shadows section, featuring poems about the splendor of love.
My wish is that I will always love you
Even when faces have changed
And presence is no more
That we will revert back to memories of joy and bliss
The darkness emerges in Amin’s Blue Shadows and Black Shadows, including powerful verses about life’s disappointments in people and society. The aches are palpable.
I feel like I am drowning beneath the sound of thunder
You have no clue what it is like to be me
There are times when things swallow me
Times when the gallows be hanging me
THE DEVIL WILL NOT BREAK ME
Ending on the best note, the glow of White Shadows is the brightest. Amin offers the hope and peace she’s found within spirituality. These poems seem her most personal.
As I lie down before you
Penetrate my soul because I
Know what I want
But tell me what I need
Saturate me with unfound knowledge
Humble me into you because I am proud
Strengthen me because I’m weak
In Mental Silhouette, Amin shares her journey through her work, her jewels that allow her to release her experiences and put them into an effort that is moving, to say the least.
Reviewed January 2012