The poems in this book range from romantic to erotic, from being apologetic to suffering heartbreak, love to lust and just plain trash talking. In most of the 109 poems in this book, the title of the poem is always in the last line of the poem. Sometimes the last two lines may even rhyme, but not always. This has been my signature that I started back in the 1990s.
Some of the poems are written as conversational prose to create a vivid mental picture in the reader's mind. To accomplish this I rely heavily on the use of simile and metaphor. Some examples of poems where I endeavor to do this are "The Lady that Dances in My Dreams," "Compassionate Superwoman Lover," and "Call Me Mr. Goodbar."
I also have a few Rhyme Scheme Poems – poems where every two lines rhyme. These are not Hip Hop styled raps. They are conversational and meant to be spoken, not yelled. Some of the poems written in this style are "What Could've Been," "The Flutter of Butterfly Wings," and "I'm NOT that Dude!"
In this book, I will introduce you to two poetic styles that I created. The first is called Haiku Chain Poems. A haiku is a Japanese form of poetry composed of three lines with a total of 17 syllables. The three lines have 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables respectively. What I do in a haiku chain is to connect several related haiku together to create one larger poem. I am very proud of this innovation that I created. "Law of Attraction," "Can't Get Over You," "Smooth Operator" and “I am Akuba” are a few of the poems written in this style.
Speaking of Akuba Annan, she is a supernatural person that I wrote a short story about called “Corporate Casanova.” The story is posted on my blog at www.tpegonline.com. I’m also working on a short story featuring Akuba’s male personification, Kweku Annan. There is a haiku chain poem in this book entitled “Know My Name; Kweku.” There is a soon-to-be-posted short story featuring Kweku will be called “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Follow my blog to be one of the first to read this story.
I also created a style of prose with a dash of rhyme that I call See & Say Poems where I start with a short scene (prologue) that is written as prose then I go into the rhyme scheme. "Shaken, not Stirred," "A Breath of Fresh Air," and "Classy Lady" are written in this style.
In this book I am introducing a style of poetry that I call Triple Rhyme Poems. They differ from traditional rhyme schemes in that every three lines rhyme instead of every two lines. “Third Time Around,” “The Point of it All” and “Tricks Are for Kids” are written in this style. Finally, I write some poems as Sonnets and Limericks. “Our Firstborn Child Who Will Bring Us New Hope” is an example of a sonnet and the “Libidinous Limericks” series are examples of limericks. A sonnet is a 14-line poem where each line is 10 syllables each. They also follow the following rhyme pattern: AB; AB;CD;CD;EF;EF; and GG.
According to Dictionary.com, a limerick is a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet (e.g., AABBA). “Three Is a Magic Number” is an example of a limerick.
I am oftentimes asked where I get my inspiration. Well, I am inspired by the things I see and hear about, friends, family, acquaintances, and coworkers. I’ve been proverbially cooking-up so many poems on request, folks have started calling me "The Iron Chef of Poetry" as they will give me a concept or a phrase then I'll write a poem built on that "ingredient." All praises due to the MOST HIGH, from whom all blessings flow, for this talent.
This book is divided into five parts: “The Morning After;” “Zodiac Lovers;” “Caribbean Queens;” “Let’s Do It Again;” and “Introducing Langston Shakesbro.” The people and events depicted in this book are fictional. Any similarities to real people are purely coincidental.