I’ve been a longtime fan of Mr. Bennett, III (AKA Lee The Poet), following his work as he head of IllPoets.com. A mainstay during the late 90’s – early 2000’s DC spoken word scene, Lee could often be found at an open mic or poetry slam riffing on the ills of relationships or the attitudes of his students. While time has passed, Lee has taken a step back from the stage and embraced the page in a way that is both shocking and familiar to me – Lee has been on a quest to better understand love.
“N Search of H.E.R.” opens with Lee acknowledging his old beliefs; that life would be the nuclear family fantasy, made perfect by a wife and children. Following the forward, he spends the better half of N Search of H.E.R. deconstructing that concept through poetry and prose. Often when reading a collection of love poetry, you are met with simple similes, contrived clichés, and unwelcome descriptions of sexual conquest. Lee does his best to steer clear of what is expected; pepper poignant prose throughout a feast of meaty poetry.
“F***ing you is like the splendor of a good cub of coffee and a cigarette –
Ultimately, “N Search of H.E.R.” is a trail of breadcrumbs left by Lee as he found his definition of love. As a lover of poetry and a lover of love, I highly recommend this book to anyone in the midst of their own personal journey, or hoping to get a man’s perspective on relationships. I look forward to continuing to follow Lee’s work as I continue on my personal journey.
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