Mikaylah Simone is an emerging African American poet whose simple, yet visceral, style brings poetry back to its basics as a social art through her affirmation of cultural identity and personal redemption. There are many writers/poets that are considered her mentors; mentioned and/or have made a "tribute" to in the book: Nikki Giovanni, Ntozake Shange, Phillis Wheatley, The Last Poets, Maya Angelou, Sonia Sanchez.
The precision and elegance of a poet's words can make readers pause to appreciate their own perceptions or examine their feelings. Whether you are an avid poetry reader or a fan of spoken word poetry, there is something to be said for a poet’s writing style that transcends the limits of confined paper pages and still delivers passion on the open-mic stage. This can surely be said of one new poet Mikaylah Simone and her book of poetry “My Manufactured English”. Leaving her Texas beginnings, New York soon became the ideal stage for her "one-woman show" of life. From the "Lone Star" (unfashionably dressed in black skin), to the "Big Apple" where black is "vogue" on the Harlem runway. Mikaylah's poetry communicates consciousness and passion out of her strong desire to transform thoughts and experiences into art. The words of poetry incased between the covers of this book promise to be an interesting and insightful read that touch upon variable worldly concerns.
Mikaylah displays her liberating experimental form in her debut book of poetry “My Manufactured English”. This premiere work includes chapters of penetrating poetry concerning varying themes and layered meanings of politics, religion, violence, community and the complexity of love; all revealing the fresh insight of this author’s journey that is honest, sad, comical and true.
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