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Two nationally-recognized D.C. poets team up to offer an awesome Christmas deal.
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Alan King and Derrick Weston Brown are teaming up for a limited-time offer that takes the stress out of your holiday shopping. Black Friday and Cyber Monday come and go. But this savings will be going on up to Christmas! Save big and support two poets by purchasing DRIFT and WISDOM TEETH together for only $20 (a $10 savings)! 

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DRIFT
by Alan King
 
Alan King's debut collection has been called a memoir-in-verse, which best describes King's journey's through the lives of friends and loved ones while exploring friendship, love, family, justice and tradition. In his review, Barrett Warner reveled in said journey: "Drift is divided into nine roomy sections.... I read one section a day in a span that included busheling some tomatoes for sauce canning, skipping a pitchfork, writing a poem for Seamus Heaney (how original), loading a piano onto a truck, and making love to my wife twice (once downstairs). It's so pleasant to carry on with them, here and there, sharing King's world with mine."
Read the full review

At Selam's
for Tosin


My heart might have been
a candle the way it flickered.
We were in a club below U Street
dancing to Afrobeat.

Wanted to say those three words
that night. You painted
your face with white dots along
your nose and forehead.

All I knew of you then
could fit inside the head
of a flame. And I might've been
a lantern glowing from what
I wanted to tell you.

But those words were lost
in the roll of your hips when
you lifted your hem to the side
as if what pulsed from speakers
bared it horns before charging at us.

They were lost amongst silhouettes
knowcked around by the rhythm;
lost in a room of dumb bodies
the DJ jerked like a puppet master.

That night you grinded my back into
the brick wall and took my tongue
the way a tsunami overtakes
a small boat.

That night I was haunted
by worst-case scenarios--
a needle scratching
the vinyl record,
its waxy silence. 


Wisdom Teeth
by Derrick Weston Brown
 
To consider Wisdom Teeth is to acknowledge inevitable movement, shift, and sometimes pain. There's change hidden just below the surface and, like it or not, once it breaks, everything has to make room. So goes the aptly titled debut poetry collection from poet and educator Derrick Weston Brown. Wisdom Teeth reveals the ongoing internal and external reconstruction of a poet's life and world, as told through a litany of forms and myriad of voices, some the poet's own. 
 
Wisdom Teeth is a uestioning work, a redefining of personal relationshiops, masculinity, race, and history. it's a readjustment of bit, humor, and perspective as Brown channels hip-hop, Toni Morrison, and Snagglepuss to make way for the shudder and eruption of wisdom. Read Katie O'Hare's review


MISSED TRAIN


I smelled you at the Metro stop
Tasted you on the Yellow
Glimpsed you on the Green
Caught you on the Orange
Loved you on the Red
Lost you on the Blue,
 
Now I need a transfer
or at least exit fare,
cause no one deserves
to take such a ride,
and end up being taken
for every dime.
 
Baby you a last minute change of plans,
an unexpected phone call at the God hour
that leaves me feeling mortal.

Alan King is an author, poet, and journalist. He's taught workshops through the D.C./Baltimore region including at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop. He's a Cave Canem Fellow and an alumnus of the VONA Workshops sponsored by Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Low-Residency Program at the University of Southern Maine. He's a two-time Best of the Net nominee and was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Drift (Aquarius Press, 2012) is his first book.

Watch Alan read "Conundrum" during his 2012 Nine on the Ninth feature
Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in creative writing, from American University. He has studied poetry under Dr. Tony Medina at Howard University and Cornelius Eady at American University. He is a graduate of the Cave Canem Summer workshop for black poets and the VONA summer workshop. His work has appeared in such literary journals as Warpland, Mythium, Ginsoko, DrumVoices, The Columbia Poetry Review, and the online journals Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Howard University's Amistad, LocusPoint, and MiPOesias. He works as a bookseller and book buyer for a wonderful bookstore which is operated by the nonprofit Teaching for Change, and is located within the restaurant, bar, coffee shop and performance space known as Busboys and Poets
 
Watch Derrick's book trailer

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