Why Promise

All I know is

he can’t feed them
and out of the pack
one is a sheep / and the other wolves
and they are leading the masses in the darkness of the forest.

sheepandwolf

Their duality dwells low

so the teaching of climbing the oak tree to rattle the
leaves is not a thought
no home based knowledge to stir up conversation
simmer and brew some intellect

he just likes the attention
so he performs poetry.

The Necessity of Haki Madhubuti -Guest Post by Mike Sonksen

One of my favorite all time poets is Haki Madhubuti. The genesis of this post came from a conversation I had with Nikki Skies where we both discussed how much Madhubuti’s work meant to each of us. Aside from being one of the most prolific poets in American letters over the last 50 years, Madhubuti is a Professor, editor, activist and publisher. Considered one of the most prominent writers from the Black Arts Movement, Madhubuti has also published books by Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Sterling Plumpp, Pearl Cleage, Dudley Randall, Marc Lamont Hill and Mumia Abu Jamal. He founded Third World Press in Chicago in 1967 and they continue to produce books to this day.

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For most of Madhubuti’s literary life he has been associated with Chicago. Originally known as Don L. Lee, he changed his name in 1974. Madhubuti has won more awards then there’s space to list. In addition to three honorary doctorates, fellowships from organizations like the National Endowments of the Arts and National Endowments of the Humanities, Madhubuti was named Chicagoan of the Year from “Chicago Magazine” in 2007. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa.

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The Town Dance is FEATURED at Book Club 101 Magazine

I really enjoyed my time interviewing with Book Club 101 Magazine!  Take a click and check it out:

Nikki Skies Interview in Book Club 101 Magazine

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: StacyMichelle, Poet

Was there any particular reason behind the creation of your chapbook?  If so, what?

This chapbook has been writing itself for a number of years now.  the motivation behind it was to peel back the covering and shine a light on the chasm an absent father can leave in his daughter’s life.  I wanted to display the painful truth & bewilderment, and also acceptance & forgiveness that starts the healing process.

How important is form, such as rhyme and line arrangement? How does form effect the overall art of a poem?
I focused on the arrangement of the lines instead of form for this collection.  I choose my line breaks with words that hopefully snatch the reader’s attention.
How important is the accessibility of a poem?
I know what the poem means to me; a lot of times it is cathartic to get words down, so when something I’ve written affects a reader in a different way, or they get something totally different than what I was thinking, it astounds and pleases me.  I think as readers, we bring our own experiences to the written word, and for me it makes what I do that much more rewarding.
What can poetry teach us about life?
Poetry can teach us how to breathe in the moment.  savor the essence.  & let go
What is one of your favorite poems in the chapbook?
“I will tell you where it hurts” is one of the most vulnerable pieces I’ve written.  the most biographical in the collection.  after anger.  hurt.  disillusionment.  unasked and unanswered questions, all I wished to be known was where it hurt the most.

 

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BIO
StacyMichelle’s poems have appeared in the Fall Line Review, the anthology: Brothers & Others, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and the anthology: Help Wanted Poets Please Apply. This is her secondchapbook collection. Her first, “dear Georgia. Mother is a Tornado” was published in 2014. StacyMichelle shares rough draft of poems and art work on her blog:
The Language We Speak

Mirror of the Swim

a one winged butterfly
can’t hug the beauty of the sky
or appreciate the explanation of cocooned space

tilted perception / informed maps leading to thick trunks of charter oak trees
then, approached water and surprised morality

with no handicaps
or beliefs in group thought.
~~~~~~~~~
I always had two wings
but learned to minimize the height of my flight
using only one / was taught that, learned that, saw that
always feared being a full beauty
outside of informed adjectives

Now
I enjoy the mirror of the swim
with both wings
one wing butterfly

We’re in the UK today with The Town Dance!

Hi All,

Today we are in the UK at Carole’s Book Corner promoting The Town Dance!  If you haven’t read the synopsis yet, go check it out.  If it’s your cup of tea, buy a bag to take home to enjoy later.  Well, you know what I mean… buy the book :-)

This is day three for the release of my debut novel and the response has been amazing!  People are full of conversation after reading the book because of the story.  Let me explain…

When I began research on the top of same sex assault, all erotic/exotic stories and topics came up during my internet research.  This presumably has to be the thoughts that come to mind when people read the synopsis.  It is assumed to be about lesbian rape or an assault between two lesbian women.  It is not.  Nor is it an erotic exploit on two women sexually engaged.  It’s not a fantasy  It’s a story loosely based on a friend’s experience with same gender assault and breaking her silence some 15 years later.  If it happened to a friend of mine… it has happened before and thereafter.  I took a risk and chose to write about it.

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Book Promotion Post Today

Hi All,

Please find book promotion for The Town Dance today at  Aira Reads Blog

And by the way Day 2

The kindle edition of The Town Dance made its way into the Top 100 List,  #85!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Award Winning Author, Jedah Mayberry

You have several books we can talk about, let’s start with the award winning “The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle”. What was the inspiration behind this book?

The inspiration was twofold. It began with a character I encountered ten+ years before the idea of writing a book was in my head in I Know This Much Is True (Wally Lamb) set close to where I grew up in Southeastern CT. Described as a person of color – Black, Native American, European, Ralph Drinkwater draws passing mention in the book as a sidekick to twin brothers, Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. I found his story most fascinating. How did he come to live in that part of the state? What was his family history? What if anything of consequence had he set out to accomplish in the world? KoPPM picks up where Lamb’s story leaves off, my protagonists, Trajan and Langston Hopkins, set at a point in time to potentially be Ralph Drinkwater’s nephews or grand nephews. From there, I wanted to explore what it might mean to come of age as a person of color at a time and place where cultural heritage takes center stage. With the resurgence of Native Tribes in the region reclaiming rights to their land, it suddenly became fashionable, profitable even to examine cultural history, to determine where your people come from. That I chose to write about brothers is an inevitable spill over from Lamb’s narrative surrounding the Birdsey twins. Only the brothers in this case more closely resemble Ralph Drinkwater, resemble a person who looks like I look.

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I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

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