Hiram Sims

Rookie (Los Angeles, CA)

Biography of Hiram Sims

Hiram Sims poet

Born and raised in various parts of Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, essayist and adjunct English Professor teaching at Cal State University Los Angeles, Long Beach City College, and Compton college. He first discovered poetry at the age of five when he plagiarized a decorative poem on his mother’s bathroom wall. In his 4th grade English class, he was proclaimed the “Captain of Limerick Poems.” He later went on to the University of Southern California to receive a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and a Masters of Professional Writing in Poetry. In addition to teaching essay writing, creative writing, and literature, he is the founder of the Urban Poets Society. He has published three collections of poetry, including Poems of a Young, Troubled Mind, Write or Die, and PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central. For more on Hiram, visit hiramsims.com

Hiram Sims's Works:

PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central (2013)
Write or Die (2007)

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Comptonian Folktale

Once upon a time there lived a whore
of meager wages and of meager hope,
who walked the streets of Compton every night
in search of tricks to fill her veins with dope.

And every night those men did surely come
to feast upon her flesh and weary bones,
that every morning woke to alley streets
laden with trash, and everything she owns.

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