Poet To Offer Book Reading At National Library

May 12, 2015

Award-winning poet Melodye Micëre Van Putten released her latest work, titled ‘Rightings Arousing Conscious Empowerment – RACE: Poetry in the BLACK’ this week, and will be reading from that book on Thursday, May 14 from 6.00pm through 8.00pm at the Bermuda National Library, with the discussion of the various poems promising to be “informative, insightful and provocative.”

Dr. Diane Turner, Executive Director at the Charles Blockson African American Collection at Temple University in Philadelphia said, “Rightings Arousing Conscious Empowerment – RACE: Poetry from The BLACK’ is Mwalimu Melodye Micëre Van Putten’s sixth collection of poems.

“Her poems about Race provide a window to reflect and talk about the Black experience in the United States and elsewhere. Van Putten gives voice to those who struggle to be heard but more often than not are invisible, stereotyped and misunderstood.

“Through the language of poetry, she challenges us to look again, comprehend, and to believe in the power of activism to right the wrongs based on RACE.”

Dr. David Hall, President of the University of the Virgin Islands, wrote the book’s foreword, saying, ‘[RACE] is a book of poems for those of us who were inspired by cultural voices throughout our lives, and for this new generation of open minds and yearning hearts.

“Read it and be reminded as to why “power concedes nothing without a poetic demand.” Melodye Micere Van Putten has eloquently demanded that we remember the struggle that ushered in our present reality, and embrace the challenges that speak so loudly to us today.”

All of Van Putten’s books will be available for purchase, including ‘Healing History: Reflections on Race and Forgiveness in Prose and Poetry’ and ‘More Sacred Thoughts: Standing in The Light.’

The poetry reading and book signing is open to the public, with everyone invited for “conscious-pricking poetry and light refreshments. For more information, contact melodyevanputten@aol.com.

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