Born in the Bronx, NY, along with his four brothers and sisters, Michael’s childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author. After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps, the germ of the idea for his first book – Introduction to Sentimental Me! – was born. Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your reaction to his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.
The introduction- (Spring 2015) is the first (Chapbook) of three series of poetry collections that represents the emotional journey of love lost, love gained, inspirational messages, self-expression, free will, and passion that serve a purpose of self-healing to others.