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Honey And Vinegar  by Carolyn June-Jackson 

Winner of the 2022 Poetry Is Life Book Award.

A poetic tribute to my mother, Florence Etta June

Our mama loved us, though she laid down the law
She would not abide a lie, stealing, or backtalk
In a gunfight, like Earp, she could quickly outdraw
All that remained was our outline in white chalk


She was never off her game; seldom was too tired
You provoked her wrath; she served you like a feast
If you lived in her house, your respect, she required
A “come to Jesus” meeting, with last rites by a priest

I recalled the time I took money from her church purse
Refusing to admit my guilt, though I had transgressed
A confession on the brink my answer too rehearsed
Weighed heavy on my conscience, I sadly confessed


Discipline wasn’t fun in the home where we resided
Her ultimate aim was to undergird our bad character
She tempered punishment with love, so they coincided
When she poured it on, it was like honey and vinegar

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Rolanda T. Pyle, is the winner of the 2023 Poetry Is Life Book Award. Her manuscript, All Things, is a scheduled to be published this summer. She is the author of numerous books. You can check out some of her work at 

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If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more.

If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.


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You've taken the time to write down your thoughts, your feelings and your experiences on paper bags, on the back of grocery receipts, on take out menus, on utility, credit card and medical bills, you've even temporarily tattooed your skin with ink so you wouldn't forget that thought, that feeling or that experience. Inspiration, like life, cannot be predicted. You have made yourself vulnerable and open to criticism,...


The Winner of the 2023 Poetry Is Life Book Award
is Rolanda T. Pyle for her manuscript

"All Things"

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Just Like Me - $12
Emma J. Harris


My mother would say all the time how blessed she was to have met Jason. She had been writing songs and poetry since she was a teenager and it was always her dream to be published. I remember being young and retrieving manilla envelopes from the mailbox that were self addressed. When I asked her about she tried to explain that since she neither knew nor could afford a publisher, this was the only way she knew to get some type of protection for her work. 

-Nyiesha Peake, daughter of Valarie Pugh Peake; author of A Time To Heal.


The End Is Near - $10

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Just Like Me - $12

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