Fame and Glory by Clea McLemore is an album of poetry that spans many years of the writer’s life. It touches on love in the most yearning, delightful way as well as explores spirituality and self-perseverance. This chronicle of poetry takes the reader on a guided tour of a young woman’s life through having children at an early age and the shame and fear that comes from it. It captures the love of a man who wasn’t ready for the strong love of a good woman and the hurt and damage caused by it. McLemore is truly a master of emotional storytelling through poetry. She tickles a nerve at the core of her readers that will make them remember, share in her grief and triumph and encourage them to see the darkest hours as only the minute dimness between flashes of light.
I enjoyed this poetry book immensely and loved the style of her writing which was easy to understand and follow yet had an air of a legendary writer. My favorite pieces in Part 1 are If You Forget Me Too, September, A Wish: A Letter to My Child [age 31]. These three will make you feel something about love and acceptance. In Part 2, you’ll enjoy the essence of the books namesake, Fame and Glory (Little Black Girl, age 24) as well as the symbolism of Lesson Learned (A Squirrel’s Life). In Part 3, spirituality blooms in pieces like The Best of Me, Direction and the uplifting and encouraging verses in You are The More. Part 4 touches on the true poet of the writer and you’ll find her within the lines of Thrift Store (this one had me clapping), One Tear (beautifully written with amazing imagery…a personal favorite) and the cheekiness of the poem Auction. Needless to say, I cannot wait for this book to be released to the public and I hope that each young person, spiritual person or anyone who has loved or will love, will pick this up and be fed. Raging Book Reviews Recommended!