BOOKS

soft boy. by david gaines

"soft boy." takes an intimate look at the absurdities of toxic masculinity and attempts to illustrate the need to abandon patriarchy and misogynoir as urgent, essential to Black liberation and, ultimately, in everyone’s best interests. Humorous and introspective, "soft boy." is the echoing cry of a Black man desperately searching for authenticity in a world that champions performance. This is Dave’s first published collection of poems and the fourth book to be released by the Black-owned publishing house, Black Minds Publishing, LLC. 

"This collection took me back to childhood Sundays spent balancing duty and passion on the pews of a church. These poems slay demons of toxic masculinity, racism, and generational trauma. In this work, there is a yearning to be as free from social constructs as the goldfish that has leapt out of the bowl. And in the yearning is a voice that is coming home as much as it is breaking away.” - Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Author of "Monk Eats An Afro."

Journal Entry by jovan mckoy

Journal Entry is a four chapter collection of poems exploring Jovan’s experiences with Black culture, mental health, and love. Through the use of unique rhyme schemes, poignant vignettes, a socially relatable sense of humor, and select forms of poetry from tankas to haikus and sonnets, Jovan crafts an open diary highlighting his internal struggles and the life changing moments that made him the man and poet he is today. This vulnerable and transparent collection is not just for himself, but hopefully a therapy session for anyone who reads it.

 

Journal Entry is Jovan’s first published collection of poems and the second book to be released by the Black-owned publishing house, Black Minds Publishing, LLC.

Burned at the Roots by enoch the poet

Burned at the Roots is a vulnerable exploration into the process of confronting generational ghosts. It is a wrestling with the cycles of depression, anger and isolation present in Enoch’s lineage and his constantly evolving war with self to not recreate them. Based on the repetitive nature of fractals, Enoch uses a mixture of poetic form, raw creative imagery, and intimate language to delve into the repetitious patterns of alcoholism, heartbreak, and pain that ripple through his family tree as he enters a dialogue with self around the roots of his vices and the tenderness needed to heal from them.

 

Burned at the Roots is a necessary and timely follow up to Enoch’s 2017 release, The Guide to Drowning, taking the conversation from the objective world to focus inward on ways his personal world has shaped him.

“Enoch has put together an incredible body of work…Throughout everything his voice is really clear and I think I appreciated that the most.” - Rasheed Copeland

"Be" by lindoyes

“BE” is a digital mini-comic, written by LindoYes and drawn by Laylah Muhammad EL, that illustrates some of the nuances and versatility of AAVE or African-American Vernacular English.

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