NightBallet Press has released a brand new book of poems
by Margie Shaheed, Dream Catcher!
(Yes, we realize this is the first day of March, but we are claiming this book as February's title.)
Dream Catcher is filled with poems garnered in the past year of Shaheed's life:
conversations, lovemaking, triumph in aging, political and historical happenings, friends' influences, anger at injustices, all steeped in the rich tradition of African-American storytelling. Her strong and unique voice shines through such wonderfully titled poems as "So Dis Ain't Home Sweet Home: Adjust," "What to Do with a Nipple," and "Kneel and Be Spotted." Here's a delightful sample poem from Dream Catcher:
for Ms. Thick
my club sister suggestedi get braids in my hair
said i would look cute
i told her i have an aversion
to fake hair—never did like it
now what i will do is
get my three inches
of natural hair twisted
into a short braid-like style
see how she likes that
Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and dyamic performance artist. Her work has appeared in, among others, Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and Split This Rock. Books include Mosaic (NBP, 2013), Onomatopoeia (NBP, 2015), and Playground (Hidden Charm Press, 2015). She is also the author of Tongue Shakers: Interviews and Narratives on Speaking Mother Tongue in a Multicultural Society (Hamilton Books, to be published later this year of 2017). She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of Margie's work, people have written:
*Margie Shaheed's work is as real as it gets, and Dream Catcher may be her best work yet. In it, Shaheed tears down walls, pulls back muscle and exposes the bones and soul of a unique but often all-too-common American experience. Especially now, this chapbook is essential reading.John Burroughs, author of The Eater of the Absurd, founder and editor of Crisis Chronicles Press
John Burroughs, poet, author of The Eater of the Absurd, founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press
Margie Shaheed’s resonant poetic voice is teeming with keen insight on life and the human condition. Her observations of reality and skillful narrative compel one to listen intently.
Nikki Skies, author, poet, playwright
*Margie Shaheed's Dream Catcher poems are eloquently woven word quilts. Life filled, sensual, powerful, tender, courageous and unapologetic, her poems are beautiful, richly crafted testaments, written by a woman who knows and understands life. Her poems...remind us why we read and love poetry. Clearly, she is one of America's leading and unique voices of poetry.
Lorraine Currelley, founder and executive director of Poets Network & Exchange, Inc.
Dream Catcher contains 29 poems on 32 pages, printed on thick white textured paper. The cardstock cover is a very pale dove gray, and the thick cardstock insert is a rich mauve. Released today, Dream Catcher is available for only $10 plus $4 shipping and handling, right here, right now! Why wait? Order your copy now, and avoid the rush!