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My Manufactured English, A Poetry Collection of Gems - Multi-faceted and Brillant


My Manufactured English: A Book of Poetry (Trafford Publishing; ISBN 1-4120-3211-3; $16.75 paperback), by Mikaylah Simone is a socially relevant collection that not only solidifies her as a traditional poet, a “weaver of words” if you will, but a collection that celebrates her impressive revelatory view of life and mankind.

Mikaylah Simone is an emerging African-American poet whose provocative poetic style communicates consciousness and passion born out of a strong desire to transform her thoughts and life experiences into art. The blending of her Swahili roots with modern issues in pieces such as, “Belly Full” and “Consciousness” along with ancestral platforms found in “Sankofa” and “Maji” provide readers a deep appreciation for her melancholic eyes when she remembers the past and her luminous voice for the future. This premiere work includes chapters of penetrating poetry focusing on varying themes and layered meanings of politics, religion, violence, community and the complexity of love - all revealing the fresh insight of this author’s journey that is honest, sad, comical and true.

Mikaylah’s brand of poetry is certainly reaching the masses, and reviewers have found her work to be dynamic, compelling and stimulating. Praise for My Manufactured English . . .

“The book of poetry is very loud, truthful and speaks about many issues that are arising today including poetry, love, war . . . “– Kimberly Keeton, Literafeelya Magazine

“This poet has done what many of her peers cannot – reach people in that space beyond the heart and soul that longs to be touched. No theatrics, catchy one-liners or over exaggerated pronunciation are necessary. Just heartfelt truth. This new voice of lyrical truth goes by the name Mikaylah Simone” – Sandria M. Washington, Bahiyah Woman Magazine

From the “Lone Star” state (unfashionably dressed in black skin) to the “Big Apple” (where black is ‘vogue’ on the Harlem runway), Mikaylah left her Texas beginnings for New York; this soon became the ideal stage for her “one-woman show” before finding the up-and-coming art/poetry venue of Columbus, Ohio. Mikaylah Simone is available for speaking engagements, conferences, interviews, and online events.

Mikaylah Simone
Trafford Publishing Paperbacks; 179 pages
2004; $16.75 US/$21.00 CAN


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