This collection of poetry is a window into the mind and soul of a young poet intent on searching for the “truth in everything.” Molefi Asante, Jr. writes in the tradition of African American poets who have laid a foundation that is rich in culture and rhythm. With poems covering a wide range of themes, such as identity, relationships, and family, his poems reveal the intense sensibilities of a young poet.
“The poems in Like Water Running Off My Back are driven by a music heard in the deep recesses of our collective African-American memory. What is remarkable about them is their energy, their focus, and their truth—and that they emerge from a generation many of us believe had been lost. Bravo! Mr. Asante, Jr. is a writer to watch.”
Pulitzer Prize Winner
“This well-conceived, beautifully written book of poetry by Molefi Asante, Jr. is incredible. He molds words like soft clay illustrating his thoughts and ideas on everything from culture to hip hop to life. This first book is a must have for any thinking human being...like knowledge running through my brain!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MOLEFI K. ASANTE, JR. was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Raised and educated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he is an English and African studies major at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He has read his poetry in the United States, Africa, and Europe and is the winner of the 2002 American Academy of Poets Jean Corrie Prize. Asante, Jr. is currently working on a new novel, Freedom Diary.