LITERATURE

newly untitled (intentionally lowercase) is a poetry collection of reclamation that reflects on twenty years of the "sticky parts" of life with honesty and sincerity. Though personal, it's an accessible read, exploring culturally collective topics - like abandonment, urban renewal, and spirituality - side-by-side with esoteric matters - like "growing older gracefully" and enjoying Hip Hop as a mirror of the human experience. A contemplative collection, newly untitled is an authentic and intentional slice of Black, urban, feminine life. Conceptualized "walking the fine line between meant to be and meant to be something else," newly untitled is a layered experience of academic, cultural, and personal nuances. It's approachable, (at times) irreverent, and vulnerable - everything you expect from poetry and a few things you don't.

newly untitled book cover
newly untitled book cover

Blue cover with text that reads 'newly untitled by Tyauna Bruce' with blue and white sneakers

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Testimony sans Tabernacle
Testimony sans Tabernacle

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Resting Book Face
Resting Book Face

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newly untitled book cover
newly untitled book cover

Blue cover with text that reads 'newly untitled by Tyauna Bruce' with blue and white sneakers

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Ever read a book with a soundtrack?
Well, the music lover in me wouldn't let my lil blue book baby live without music to guide y'all through her. Eighty-three (83) poems; eighty-three (83) corresponding tracks. Listen to the songs in order as you read!

Download Poem & Song Pairings PDF 

Image by Daniel Olah

WHAT PEOPLE SAY:

Poetry that speaks to you

Bruce's works cover all the facets of life in a woman's life: love, loss, family and growth. Her poems are stark and simple but evoke images that are heartbreakingly real. You read a poem and respond, yes, that's exactly right-that's how it is for me, too; I just don't know how to say it so well. The poems are important because the author casts a courageous eye on all the frailties of humanity.” 

 

-Ron

Reviewed in the United States on 06/20/2020