Poetry. African American Studies. With CD. Michelle Muir's debut poetry collection brings a new and confident voice in the hip hop genre to the printed page. Muir's poetry skillfully blends the language of the contemporary urban environment with her personal take on African-Canadian rhythmic and poly rhythmic style. The playful cadence of her voice leaps from the pages of Nuff Said compelling the reader forward on a wild ride through music, life, education, community pride, love, erotic desire, political irony and probing questions of race, class and gender. The book comes packaged with a spoken-word CD.
|Publisher:||T S A R Publications|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Michelle Muir is a fourth grade teacher with the Peel District School Board as well as a professional storyteller and a poet. She won the national title of CBC Poetry Face Off champion in both 2006 and 2007. Dubbed an ambassador for literacy, Michelle Muir has performed her spoken-word poetry for audiences across Canada and the United States. She rose to national attention when she was named CBC Radio's Poet Laureate in 2006. She was the CBC Radio Poetry Face Off champion in both 2006 and 2007. Her award-winning poems, "My Fantastic Voyage to Planet Irresistible" and "I Hope They Ask the Things I Didn't" are included in this collection.
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"Poetry of this genre requires a voice that is powerful and full of conviction . . . that is what the urban voice is. Michelle captures that voice every time with her blend of prose, music and poetry; you get the rhythm, the sound and the message."
- Craig Mannix, Offshoot Communications
"Michelle's poetry works . . . whether you read it or hear it . . . there is beat and timing and there is message . . . that is the stuff great songs are made of."
- Jelleestone, Canadian Hip Hop Recording Artist
Solid Sistah, as she also calls them, are featured every few pages and give the reader their two cents on varied topics. "They are my layers of mood and attitude," she says. "All of them, word warriors." So, who are these six mythical divas? There's Dina Desiree, the conscious and liberated one, and Nikki, who is a friendly and forever-smiling diva. There's also a forked-tongue militant named Mona, a modest Ms. Muir and Indigo, a performer and a dreamer. Lastly, there is Shugga, a bootylicious beauty.
Muir, who is also a teacher with the Peel Region District School Board, entertains her readers through the Solid Sistah and a multi-dimensional journey on topics including race, class and gender. Her poetry also touches on education, community pride, love, erotic desire and politics through drama, spoken-word and music.
"I wanted to write this book since I learned how to write," says Muir, who was CBC Radio's 2006 Poet Laureate and the 2006-2007 Poetry Face Off champion. It was these experiences that helped her rise to poetic prominence. But Muir's poetry, which cleverly fuses the language of the modern-day urban setting with her personal take on African-Canadian rhythm, began much earlier than 2006.
She learned spoken word by hearing her parents recite West African stories. There was also her stutter, which she credits as a catalyst for mastering wordplay. "Because of the stutter, I wanted to say many things in as few words as possible," she says. "I learned how to play with the words while learning to control the stutter."
She's come a long way since then, having performed spoken-word poetry for audiences across Canada and the United States, even being dubbed an ambassador for literacy. With the fifth track of Muir's spoken-word CD, which comes with her book, it's easy to see why. The track addresses "lapses in our synapses," and is an inspirational poem about the lack of actions, disregard and discontent of Africans and Africa.
"I believe all of us are writers, the question is how and what you write and what tools you use," Muir says. "Nuff Said poems speak of social issues, topics that make people think." Her award-winning poems, My Fantastic Voyage to Planet Irresistible and I Hope They Ask the Things I Didn't, are also included in the debut poetry ensemble. "After reading this book, there is nothing more to say in terms of who people might think I am," she says. "This is it, enough said." - Khalid Magram, Sway Magazine