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HARLEM BOOK FAIR…PART I

 

 

What an experience…I made it through.  The HARLEM BOOK FAIR was everything and nothing I expected.  I was out there from 9am until a quarter to 6 and I was exhausted by days end.  Due to the conservative nature of my books, I only sold 5 copies all day.  On a lighter note (and it definately was a lighter note) My son Elijah sold over $225.00 in water, Gatorade and Sobe!!!!  YEAH ELIJAH!!!!

What I found out was that there are thousands upon thousands of people writing and reading.  The most powerful thing happening on Saturday was the networking.  There were people from all over who would not ordinarily have the platform or the opportunity to meet one another.  Aside from the heat, it was truly phenomenal.  The networking was off the chain.

 Here are a few of the people I ran into, as well as information for upcoming events that were handed out at the fair:  THE WOMEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM is Celebrating Harlem Week for Women 18 & up at Columbia University Faculty House located at 64 Morningside Drive, NY, NY 10027.  The event will be held on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 from 8am-1pm.  There will be celebrity appearances by Sherri Sheppard & Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma of Good Times).  Registration is required, so be sure to register at www.betfoundation.org  or by calling 866-356-7348.

 Power Walking: A Journey to Wholeness by Maxine Bigby Cunningham deals with walking, wellness and healing through the Bible.  Find out more by going to www.maxinebigbycunningham.com or by going to www.empoweredwalkingministries.blogspot.com.

 

REVOLUTION BOOKS/LIBROS REVOLUCIÓN is a book store at 146 West 26th Street(near 7th Avenue) is a book store that deals with what they term “scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary”  Just their description of the store was enough to pull me in and is well worth looking into.  You can do just that by going to www.revolutionbooksnyc.org.

 

For her debut novel, L. Marie Culbreath releases MOMMA AELIANA’S GIRLS a compelling story about a Portuguese Cape Verdean Migrant woman who’s husband, ‘Romando’ a Central American Indian  from Honduras walked out leaving her with six girls to raise alone in the United States in the early 1970s.  Momma vowed she and her daughters would be survivors.  Amidst tragedies, her girls would grow up to be six of the most respectable, well-educated and beautifully groomed women.  Her book, a different look into African American literature is available on www.publishamerica.com.

 

There were some phenomenal children’s books/authors as well.      The one that struck me the most was Angelot Ndongmo author of Loving Me and Boy! Am I Loving Me!  This wonderful author wrote children’s books for children of color instilling in them early the importance of self love.  She reaffirms this love by celebrating their melanin and their hair.  Great read for your children and an opportunity for you to teach them to embrace the difference in them and their counterparts. www.lovingme.ca

 

Pedro’s Visit to the Aquarium by Rasheedah Saleem-Muhammad is a much needed book giving audience for children of Autism and teaching those with it that they’re understood and teaching those without it more tolerance and acceptance.  It focuses on Pedro’s erratic behavior and the decision his parents must make on whether they should send him on a trip to the aquarium.  www.pedrosvisit.com

 

The fair also gave major information in the way of other fairs, like the African American Business to Business Exchange for Westchester & Rockland Counties.  The event is next year, March 23rd & 24th, 2011.  For details/information: 914-699-6279 or www.aaccnys.org

 As far as me, I will be returning to the radio on next Saturday, giving information, lesson plans and things much needed for protecting your intellectual property.  Tune in at www.blogtalkradio.com/mother-metaphor

I am also working on my 1st work of urban literature called: CLASH OF THE DRUG TITANS.  I already have a following on Facebook for the story and I anticipate it being released by years end.  ENAMORED: THE LOVE LETTERS  is doing well as is LOCK, STOCK & SMOKING METAPHORS, but we still need one anothers support.  Stay in touch…I know I will…

and don’t fret; this is my first installment on the fair…I will update you later on more…

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SON…

 

I never run out of ways to love you

To shove you out of the way of danger

To advance you in the right direction

                                                    Fight for your protection

Invest in you…

 

I never fell harder than the 1st day

My arms wrapped around you

My palm cradled your head

And you smiled…

 

I held you

In my arms

In my heart

Like the air would stop

More often than not

Lullabies rocked you

Even in the womb of me

 

You out grow things quickly…

Your fair skin

Your chubby frame

Your nickname

We can’t call you “Icky” anymore

 

You are a teenager

Too quickly

5 years to manhood

We are already at the girls

Calling your cell

Sending pictures of their pre-pubescence

On little camera phones

With high mega pixels

Competing for your attention

They dream of your ebon skin

Your almond shaped eyes

 

While I dream of your chubby cheeks

Your baby drool

And the 1st time I held your head in the palm of my hand

And learned the wisdom of old eyes

In my newborn son…

 

Love,

 

Your Mama

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The Empty Womb…(3/30)

i remain empty

waiting to be filled

to knock the chill off of being so alone

i am older than my years suggest…

 

i detest

the civil unrest within myself

i wait for male companionship

hoping he will leave behind

something I can build upon

but there is nothing…

 

here comes the tears again

they are falling rapidly

as i cry

for 4-5 days straight

those tears are never late

 

they’re rapid and red

another month gone

and dreams of holding a child

lies dead…

 

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Circular Poem

Write a short poem that begins and ends with the same line. The reader should feel differently about the line the second time around because of what has happened in the poem.

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 Happy Poetry Month! 

April has been deemed National Poetry Month, and the frequent choice is to write a poem a day. 

Not hard right? RIGHT!  Well, I am up for walking you through it! (Or walking through it with you)

Every day in the month of April I will post a writing exercise. 

Take what you need and leave the rest!  I will always post (or try to) the day before so we get a jump start. 

Today’s Writing Exercise

 Use one of these phrases in a poem.

 “Pick the lent from the lie and pray there is something left…”

 Or

 Write a love poem that uses no words or phrases of adoration.

 See you tomorrow!

 

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16 Greeting Card Markets:

As poets, there are a lot of ways to make money.  For the life of me, I don’t understand why more of us aren’t trying to submit what we write to greeting card companies!  Now, I posted this before, but hopefully, you will see this now that it’s been laid out… 

Try it out!  You just may be in a Hallmark near you!

 

  1. American Greetings: Doesn’t accept unsolicited material. Request guidelines and query your ideas first. Currently, they’re only looking for funny stuff, and trust me, it has to be good.
  2. Blue Mountain Arts: Pays $300 for greeting card slogans. Follow link for guidelines.
  3. Designer Greetings: Follow link to guidelines.
  4. Ephemera, Inc. – Pays $50/slogan. Looking for irreverent, provocative material. Follow link for guidelines.
  5. Gallant Greeting Corp.- Pays $45/slogan. Contact for guidelines.
  6. Kalan: Pays $60 – $150. Contact for guidelines.
  7. Marian Health Greeting Cards: Contact for guidelines. Looking for positivity – no snark.
  8. Moonlighting Cards – Pays $25/slogan – Looking for “love” cards for all occassions. Stress that you must read their guidelines before querying.
  9. Novo Card Publishers: Read online guidelines.
  10. Oatmeal Studios: Looking for funny stuff.  See online guidelines for submission information.
  11. Paper Magic Group: Manufacturer of boxed Christmas cards. Contact for guidelines.
  12. Papyrus Design: Looking for unique slogans. Contact for guidelines.
  13. Recycled Paper Greetings: Contact for guidelines.
  14. Rockshots: Pays $50/gag. Looking for gag lines of an adult nature.
  15. Snafu Designs – Pays $100/slogan or idea. Contact for guidelines.