Focus
Sarah Dollah-Said


Kizmet Initiatives, Inc., 2006. ISBN 0977181308.
Reviewed by Peggy Talley
Posted on 08/09/2006

Poetry; Nonfiction: Relationships; Nonfiction: Cultural/Gender Focus

This poetry collection is a first published offering from a young teacher in Chicago. Yusra Sarah Dollah says in her introduction. "...I came to the realization that the gender communication gap can be filled through poetry because poetry is the spontaneity of emotion. There is nothing right or wrong to argue about it."

She endeavors to use her poetry to teach her readers to learn to communicate with others with wisdom beyond her years. In her poem "Stained," she ends by advising:

"Don't let the residue
Of old relationships
Remain in your heart
And leave it grimy.

Wash the past away,
Don't let your heart be soiled.
Dry yourself with clean air,
Rejuvenate your soul."

Who could argue the right or wrong of that poetry?

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