Doubledutch is the first collection of Crystal Senter Brown, and all poems included in this book were written between 1996 and 2006. Some poems are auto-biographical, others are simply observances. Doubledutch skips through topics everyone can relate to: Love, parenting, relationships, poverty, employment, solitude, dieting, size acceptance, cheating hearts and everything in between.
Every time someone would say to me: "But you have such a pretty face" I would cringe and think: But what about the Rest of me?
"But you have such a pretty face" tells my story through a series of 43 poems. I wrote about my childhood in Morristown, Tn (Home, Ella's tambourine, That Time When my Brother Jerome was Evel Kneivel), marriage (Before dawn, Loving outloud), love (Lucky Jeans, Flirt) motherhood (for Aj at Seventeen, First Bath), relationships (Twenty-first morning, Monsters in the Closet), family (Welcome Home, The Droopy-Boob Haiku), the importance of fatherhood (The Luckiest Girl on Earth, Disposable Daddy, When everything was new) to learning to love my body at Every size (Chunk, Beautiful Me).
I hope that no matter who you are, you'll find a few poems you can relate to. Whether you are a mother, wife, father, sister, poet, college student, mess-talker, best friend or just a girl with more than a pretty face, I hope you enjoy the read!