No Jewels: A biography (of sorts) writ in stanza

No Jewels: A biography (of sorts) writ in stanza

by Tai Allen


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No Jewels is the first book from poet, singer & creative director Tai Allen. The chapbook narrates a young life that was loved well, loved wrong and, sometimes, not loved at all. Sadly, this tale is not an aberration or an oddity. There are numerous #NoJewels scenarios in every locale; and, there you find false-love victims who encounter abuse & control. This book of lines, devices, spaces, forms and stanzas hopes to serve them all. The poems speaks of both the deeds and the emergence from them, with admirable self-love to preserve sanity and soulAmbitious. But, possible.Purchase the book and go to to receive No Jewels: The Book Soundtrack, as a companion. (Page 49 in the book.)The record is not a reading of the poems over music but an album of soul music inspired by the poems -- songs of revelation and emergence. And, of course, tunes that make you dance & nod your head!

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ISBN-13: 9780692861677
Publisher: Flowered Concrete
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)

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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