The Poetic Repercussion

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"The Poetic Repercussion" returns Mark Anthony Thomas to his literary roots with the follow-up to his first book, "As I Look." Soul-stirring and adventurous, this poetic and lyrical triumph narrates through the fundamental and elemental areas of culture- venturing through nature, love, politics, philosophy, athletics, education, spirituality, hip hop, racism, war, and a multitude of interlinking themes.

Inspiring and entertaining, "Repercussion" blends traditional and cross-cultural literary styles with ...

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Overview

"The Poetic Repercussion" returns Mark Anthony Thomas to his literary roots with the follow-up to his first book, "As I Look." Soul-stirring and adventurous, this poetic and lyrical triumph narrates through the fundamental and elemental areas of culture- venturing through nature, love, politics, philosophy, athletics, education, spirituality, hip hop, racism, war, and a multitude of interlinking themes.

Inspiring and entertaining, "Repercussion" blends traditional and cross-cultural literary styles with contemporary works of poetry, prose, spoken word, and music. Metaphorically set in a "Psychiatrist's Chair," Thomas shares candid, personal, and fictional tales and songs through 101 "tracks" and 20 "interludes." The energy and depth of one of America's young prominent voices has never been more evident.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970364913
  • Publisher: Rings of Jupiter Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/2/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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CROSS DRESSING

from the porch of my
suburban home- I have watched

hip-hop

once distanced at sight-
now strolling along the lines

of what defined and confines
white culture security-

straddling the likes of
p. diddy, outkast, and jay-z-

bedroom walls unfolding scrolls
that deem tupac and notorious b.i.g.

as the icons of the new
allegiance my children

have pledged to-

right hand on heart--
off my sons and daughters go

cross dressing in the street culture
from head to toe

From "The Poetic Repercussion"

 

ATLANTA IS MY HOME

face like sweet potato pies
   full of auburn avenue's history;
face like civil right movements
   civil wars with battles for equality;
face like stone mountain's engrave
   remembrance of southern cultures arrive;
face like hot kitchen ovens
   too hot summers to play outside;

American is my legacy,
   Georgian is my family,
red dirt held a life sown,
   Atlanta is my home.

face like Harlem's thrills
   West End cooks up cultural flavors;
face like Beverly Hills
   Buckhead strips cruise expensive savors;
face like Centennial Olympic
   venues and parks remind of glorious days;
face like phoenix from ashes
   arisen from fires less marks of rays;

American is my ideology,
   Georgian is my civility,
hospitality in flesh and bone,
   Atlanta is my home.

face like congestion
   traffic stacking frustration on Grady curve;
face like Moses' following
   churches find figures in high reserve;
face like corruption
   political leaders secure their destinies;
face like high rising buildings
   success sliding in reach for our families;

American is my mannerism,
   Georgian is my bio-rhythm,
southern wombs carried me too long,
   Atlanta is my home.

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Table of Contents

Prelude:  Psychiatrist’s Chair
The Wake / 1
Mic Check / 2
Open Mic Nite  / 3
Interlude:  Hand-Me Downs
Declaration  / 4
His Left Hand / 5
Fishbowl With Words / 6
Lover to the Arts / 7
Fireworks In June  / 8
1856 / 9
Miss Cupid-ity / 10
Perfume-Free Scents / 11
Natural Beauty / 12
Exactly Why / 13
Interlude:  Shoulder
Ocean Tides /  14
Bridge Between Verses / 15
Tears Holding On / 16
Packing 4 College / 17
So All People / 18
Interlude:  Saturday School
Game Days 101 / 19
Hood Cocoon / 20
On A Defeat / 21
Piece of Art / 22
New Children of Flowers / 23
Interlude: Art of Puppetry
Acceptance Speech / 24
Season Pass / 25
Graduation Hors D'oeuvres / 26
Sitting Grown (A Fugue) / 27
Black Man’s Work  / 28
Interlude: Downtown
Cubicle Soliloquy / 29
In This Shop / 30
Warrant A Search / 31
Car Geometry / 32
Looking Towards Footprints  / 33
Interlude:  Radio Frequency
Crossover Highways / 34
Cross Dressing / 35
Street Rumors / 36
God Trendy / 37
To Evolution / 38
Divine Sense / 39
Intermission Show / 40
Reset In Third Person / 41
Interlude:  Cycle
Child Support Checkmarks / 42
All Over / 43
Product of Divorce  / 44
Single Mama Ballad  / 45
Bumper Stickers (A Nonet) / 46
Sign Right Here  /47
Interlude: On The Wall
Funny That Way / 48
Wisdom Ego / 49
Streets Of Manhattan  / 50
Garbage Outside / 51
I Too (Afraid I Am)  / 52
Interlude: Channel Surfing
Cyber Hickey / 53
Sanctuary of Sin  / 54
Incredible Hulk / 55
Libra Sunlight / 56
Interlude: Late Night Call
St. Augustine  / 57
Greater Than Senses  / 58
Post-Inauguration (The Remix)  / 59
Could Only Imagine / 60
No Guarantee  / 61
Sign Language(After Thoughts) / 62
Interlude: Ice Skating
Until Today / 63
When I Just Knew (A Rococo) / 64
We Carry Cains Too / 65
Interlude: Life Is
Faces of Shadows  / 66
Ink Blot Testing  / 67
Eyes of Eve / 68
Psychedelia Pledge / 69
Interlude: Asylum
Support Group / 70
Kiss For A River / 71
Separate Beds / 72
Sick (Red Eyes) / 73
Life For Beginners / 74
Interlude: A.M. Mediation
Utenzi of Furaha / 75
Favoritism Among Biomes / 76
Trees In Seattle / 77
Oftentimes / 78
America To Redefine / 79
Trust Fall / 80
  Handshakes Across The Globe / 81
Interlude: Recipe For Soldiers
War Proclamation / 82
Floating in the Dead Sea / 83
The Soldier’s Funeral / 84
Heaven’s Glory / 85
At Judgment Day / 86
The Remission / 87
Reparations / 88
Interlude:  Tomato Soup
Women, Be Ye /  89
Similar Excitement / 90
Heirs of Alpha / 91
Interlude:  Lesson Plan Oath
Gone Instead / 92
A Friend, Within / 93
Soul Mated / 94
That Rib Around My Neck / 95
Columnistic Sounds / 96
Interlude:  I Envy
Antenna-Free / 97
Atlanta Is My Home / 98
Ancestral Soul Feast / 99
Interlude:  Diagnosis
Introduction To Music / 100
Acoustic Prayer / 101
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