A great work of art by Rod L. Hollimon, Reflections of a World of Reality, (2002, Urban Thought Books, 101 pages), relays a message of hope, inspiration and success to anyone who comes in contact with it. This powerful source of poetry has to be the best collection released by Mr. Hollimon. Not only does he share his life story with readers, but he also tells them through poetry that no matter what happens in life, you are never alone.
Mr. Hollimon, now an Emmy award-winning producer at TBS Superstation, was born to a 14-year-old mother and 17-year-old father. After living with his grandmother until her death when he was 10, Mr. Hollimon was left homeless. He lived with his crack-addicted father until he abandoned him, and an uncle took him in when he was 12.
Poems like Just Different, You and A Purpose for Me, are thought-provoking. In a way, each encourages readers to explore their inner-selves and not be afraid of what they discover. After all, it is You.
One of my favorites, The Ocean Spoke to Me, is a beautiful, insightful piece because it describes the everlasting connection between man and nature. The entire book is insightful, unique, exquisite and rather refreshing. Not only does it give the readers a wonderful sense of hope, but also the opportunity to search, feel and find ourselves.
Reflections of a World of Reality, is available for $12.50 from Urban Thought Books in Atlanta by calling (404) 668-0940 or on the Web site at urbanthoughtbooks.com.
Teen Board member Moses C. McGruder, 17, is a senior at T.W. Josey High School.