- Paperback: 46 pages
- Publisher: Flowered Concrete; 1 edition (May 30, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069286167X
- ISBN-13: 978-0692861677
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,604,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is platforming a voice for the voiceless. --- Greg Tate Cultural Critic
A delicate dance of dark and light allows us to enter the confusion and rage of the child, while seeing all too clearly exploiter's greed. Poems that are spare, measured and striking. Poems that make a new kind of music. A profound achievement, read it for the craft and art, but most importantly, for the truths told. --- Patricia Spears Jones Jackson Poetry Award Winner 17'
His first single is an intoxicating song that is worth replaying numerous time. --- OkayPlayer
About the Author
Poet, performer, vocalist, musician, producer, designer and now author, are some of the designations that explain Tai Allen. He has toured domestically and internationally. He has been published in magazines such as Bomb, Killens Review, and African Voices. His work has been featured on sites such as Okayplayer, CentricTV, Soultracks, and Grown Folks Music. Tai Allen has performed at the Apollo Theater Music Cafe, National Black Poets Cafe and on the Today Show. He has also coordinated and curated a number of concerts, exhibits, conferences and festivals. A unique and refreshing artist, Tai has established a reputation as a visionary with impeccable work ethic. Tai loves basketball, Sterling Brown, Oscar Brown, Roy Ayers, King Tubby, Kevin McHale, Aretha Franklin and Things Fall Apart (both). He also loves his kids, Renaldo, Jeter, 2001 Yankees, 2001 Nets, 2012 Giants, Gelato; (not ice cream) Jerk Chicken, made on a drum, Oscar Wilde, Brad Pitt, Octavia Butler, Rakim, Jigga (not Shawn Carter) Roti...Veggie and Chicken, poetry (sometimes), parenting, blogs on technology or sports or politics. Lastly, sitting in the sun somewhere near a body of water.
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One could easily feel Allen's pain, a testament to his skills as a poet.
The only problem I had with the book is Allen's seeming to hold back from all the trauma he experienced. This is even scarier, considering how graphic his thoughts already seem.
He's a young writer, and I'm sure that time will further exploit his talent, and the world will enjoy more of what he has to say on the topic that needs to be discussed.
Five stars for his noble attempt to deal with such an issue.