Before the Night Wakes You

Before the Night Wakes You

by Len Lawson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635341249
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Pages: 46
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.11(d)

About the Author

Len Lawson earned a B.S. in Business Administration (Management option) from Winthrop University and an M.A. in English from National University. He has been accepted to the Ph.D. in English Literature & Criticism program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches writing and literature at Central Carolina Technical College. His scholarly article "Back to the Future: Approaches to Best Practices in Reflective Teaching" appeared in Cultivating Visionary Leadership by Learning for Global Success: Beyond the Language and Literature Classroom (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). He is a Poetry Reader and Book Reviewer for Up the Staricase Quarterly.

Len is co-founder of the Poets Respond to Race initiative and co-editor of its upcoming first anthology (Muddy Ford Press). He is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a three-time Best of the Net nominee, and a 2016 Callaloo Fellow. He won the 2016 Jasper Magazine Artist of the Year Award in Literary Arts. He has been a finalist for the inaugural Berfrois Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, and the Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Prize. His poetry has also been and will be featured in coffee shops and transit buses in the Columbia, SC metro area, selected by Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden.

He has poems appearing or forthcoming in several anthologies and journals including Callaloo, [PANK], The James Franco Review, Winter Tangerine Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Charleston Currents, selected by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth. His website is

Table of Contents

Deep Sea 1
Uncle J's Blues 2
Smashing Battles 3
Middle Passage 4
I Write My Body Eclectic 5
[Uneasy] Dreams of a Presidential Hopeful 6
I Want to Play the Race Card in a Game of Spades 8
Traffic Stop 10
Picking Powerball Numbers 11
Google search for black lives matter 12
I Hate My Own Breath 14
Page from the Coward's Playbook 15
Feel the Vibration: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch,
A Retrospective 17
Church Fan 19
Praise Song for the Waters 22
The Invitation 25
The Waiting Room 27
Manhood Dreams 29
Separation 30
Briefcase of Little Tortures 31

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