Mikaylah Simone

Rookie (Texas)

Mikaylah Simone
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The precision and elegance of a poet’s words can make readers pause to appreciate their own perceptions or examine their feelings. This can surely be said of one new poet…Mikaylah Simone. Mikaylah is an emerging African-American poet whose simple, yet visceral, style brings poetry back to its basics as a social art through her affirmation of cultural identity and personal redemption. Leaving her Texas beginnings, New York soon became the ideal stage for her “one-woman show” of life. From the “Lone Star” (unfashionably dressed in black skin) , to the “Big Apple” where black is “vogue” on the Harlem runway. Mikaylah’s poetry communicates consciousness and passion out of her strong desire ... more »

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  • Diva Poet (5/28/2014 2:10:00 PM)

    I love the work of this poet, had a chance to hear her read live on stage on her Texas book tour...phenomenal! Her work is old school You can tell she was influenced by poets like Maya Angelou & Nikki Giovanni with a little Gil Scott Heron. Also found her work in a collaborative book Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, the book was nominated years ago in the same category as Maya Angelou at the BET Awards; of course Dr. Angelou won.

  • Diva Poet (5/28/2014 2:09:00 PM)

    I love the work of this poet, had a chance to hear her read live on stage on her Texas book tour...phenomenal! Her work is old school You can tell she was influenced by poets like Maya Angelou & Nikki Giovanni with a little Gil Scott Heron. Also found her work in a collaborative book Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, the book was nominated years ago in the same category as Maya Angelou at the BET Awards; of course Dr. Angelou won.

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Best Poem of Mikaylah Simone

Recipe For A Slave

Preheat antebellum plantation
Under 100 degrees of southern heat
Add one part capitalist society
Pour in slave ships
With tens of millions of African people
Finely dice countless families
And separate daily
Carefully strip away
Language, culture and religion
Sift in shackles
Whip and beat vigorously
Slowly mix in murder, rape
And castration
Stuff with strange fruit
Set for 400 years
Garnish with self-contempt,
Materialistic desire,
And white-collar jobs
Once urbanized
And socially conditioned
Place under glass ceiling
SERVE: ...

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