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The Birth of All Things

The Birth of All Things

by Marcus Amaker


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The Birth of All Things is an eclectic mix of poems from Marcus Amaker, the first Poet Laureate of Charleston, SC.

This personal collection delivers poems about a wide range of topics: Life as a new dad, racism in America, Björk, anxiety, Star Wars, masculinity, pandemics, black music, history, and more.

Amaker is an award-winning graphic designer, musician, and performance poet. The Birth of All Things is the sum of all of his talents.

The book features Amaker's handwritten poems, and an original illustration from Florida artist Nick Davis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734673746
Publisher: Free Verse, LLC
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 719,135
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Marcus Amaker was named Charleston, SC’s first Poet Laureate in 2016.

He’s also the award-winning graphic designer of a national music journal, an accomplished electronic musician, the creator of a poetry festival, and a mentor to hundreds of students.

His poetry was selected to be published alongside two national book award winners in an anthology of African American poetry, and has been featured by PBS Newshour, SC Public Radio, Huffington Post, A&E Network, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper, North Dakota Quarterly, Post and Courier, Charleston Scene and several other publications.

In 2019, he won a Governor’s Arts award in South Carolina, and was named the artist-in-residence of the Gaillard Center, a world-renowned performance and education venue.

His poetry has been studied in classrooms across the country and has been interpreted for ballet, jazz, modern dance, opera and theater.

Marcus has recorded three albums with Grammy Award winning drummer and producer Quentin E. Baxter of Ranky Tanky.

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