Humanity Maintained is a collections of private poems that were written between 2008-2013 that share and reveal some of the author's deep secrets, trials and tribulations while packaging it in a raw... More > form of honesty. Shanell BKLYN does not sugar coat the things she has endured or suffered from being homeless, sexual and physical abuse as a child, self mutilation, falling in and out of love and more. The sole purpose of this book is to address taboo topics within the African-American community that are swept under the rug and not discussed or treated due to fear and lack of knowledge. Humanity Maintained is an open dialogue for queer black women across the world to step forward and reveal their truths; finding comfort and solitude within each line.< Less
Reading this book is like being at Aunt Paulina’s house, eating meatballs on a Sunday afternoon.
Special phonetic spelling, and neighborhood definitions that will have even the MIDI-GAHN'S... More > sounding like old moustache Pete’s.
“… Whatta GA-VONE ..."
"...ooh MA-DON, KAY-FATTO (who farted)? …”
“… MINK-YA, what a BIG BOO-TAHN she is …”.
A-Z FOOD NAME SECTION:
"Ah-beets, Gaba-goal, Mootz-ah-dell, Svoo-ya-dell ..."
"Gravy & Macaroni's: The 5 Golden Rules"
and "Pesto my ass!"< Less