Author’s Spoken Word
Books For National
For poetry that is real, and that really speaks to you, you should pick up a copy
of one of Aisha Tariqa Abdul Haqq’s new books. Her poetry collections
resonate with all the rhythm of slam and all the emotional power of lived
Channeling her personal intersectional
experiences as a woman of color, the
collections illuminate ideas about racial
prejudice, geopolitics, late capitalism,
mental health, and social justice.
They also encourage you to reflect on what it means to be human and
how compassion, empathy and understanding can heal a complex and
divided modern world.
The release of the new books coincides
with National Poetry Month, a US-led arts
initiative which encourages broader
engagement with one of humanity's most
enduring, emotive and expressive
mediums every April.
Aisha Tariqa's new semi-autobiographical books, which you can now purchase
on Amazon, are titled 'Four Years in Chrysalis' and 'Acres of Shadow'. They tap
into the timelessness of poetic expression and long-established traditions of oral
Infusing these two expressive
legacies, her writing cultivates
something distinctly modern.
Both of her new collections showcase to you her ability to translate her talent as a slam
poet into written poetry that balances careful and intricate imagery with the elements of
performance and improvisation that define her spoken work.
Intersecting with popular narrative genres that you
may be more familiar with, like young adult and new
adult nonfiction, the collections chart her coming-of-
age experiences as a young woman of color
struggling with disadvantage and mental health
issues in a deeply unequal America.
In tackling these powerful and important issues, both her newly
released books make abundant, playful and poignant use of
rhyme, repetition, improvisation, wordplay, and slang.
Using a distinct style of narrative
slam poetry, Aisha Tariqa seeks to
take you on an emotional journey that
will change the way y