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Political Emotions

by  ToriYah Marshall


I used to have politically correct emotions,

ones that went with the flow of emotional polls,

but it began to take a toll on my soul, 

so I began to vote for myself and at first

it was a challenge, 

because I couldn’t find myself on the ballot, 

I had been left off and my emotions were invalidated, 

not enough rallied support, not enough endorsements, 

my concerns were not important enough to render mass consideration, 

until I began to raise my voice, 

to raise awareness of my causes, my motivations, 

to create emotional space on soapbox stages,

with only heaven’s applause and standing ovations, 

God’s love was my one and only motivation,

and with his vote I knew I could take precedence, 

making decisions not so political yet still resonate, 

keeping my emotions in check, and balancing them with good reasoning, 

impeaching deceitful feelings

and leaving the ego as a lame duck, 

Unable to make amendments in God’s laws,

making my life surrender to his clauses, 

putting things in proper law and order.

Poem of The Week 

The 2025 Poetry Is Life Book Award


Each year Poetry Is Life Publishing will award one poet with the Poetry Is Life Book Award for their original poetry manuscript. The award will consist of the author’s manuscript being published in paperback form. The author will receive 20 copies of their book, an engraved award plaque, and a poetic t-shirt. The author’s book will also be added to our poetry collection on our website. The author will receive their books, their poetic t-shirt and engraved award plaque in June 2025. Submission Dates: June 3, 2024 - August 30, 2024.

The Be Kind 330 Poetry Project Expressions of Kindness BookThe Be Kind 330 Poetry Project-Expressions of Kindness is a book of poems written by Elementary, Middle, and High School scholars. This project came about from seeing the Be Kind 330 Initiative at my daughter's school. I thought, "It would be nice for students to share their thoughts and feelings on kindness through poetry." I reached out to an APS employee and she was very excited to work with me to bring this opportunity to the students. Over a year later, and many phone calls, google meetings, and what seemed to be endless emails, the book is complete and it features wonderful, heartfelt poetry from Akron Public School scholars.

Featured Poet - Joshua David Halley

Joshua David Halley is the 2024 Poetry Is Life Book Award Winner. His manuscript, Feral Thoughts, will be available for purchase on July 13, 2024. Halley says, if my words can help even one veteran see another day with some hope, I have succeeded. Stay tuned for more info.

Quote Of The Month

Being real has nothing to do with the world. 
But, the world has a lot to do with the real you.

- Hiral Nagda

Poetic Recordings



If He Told YouJoshua David Halley
00:00 / 00:49
Honey And VinegarCarolyn June-Jackson
00:00 / 00:57

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Compilation Books

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 2024 Poetry Is Life Book Award
is Joshua David Halley for his manuscript

"Feral Thoughts"

Book will be available July 13, 2024.

Featured Books


Pieces Of Me - $12
Carol Mullins


If There's No Heaven - $12
Barbara Marie Minney


The Voices of Real 4 - $10
A Poetry Compilation


The End Is Near - $10
Marjorie F. Burr


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

Marjorie F. Burr

Just Like Me - $12

Emma J. Harris


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Poetry Is Life Publishing is a book publishing company that takes great pride in helping poets turn their lives into books, while also helping poets turn their books into life. This is achieved by providing affordable, quality, personalized, professional and genuine book publishing and related services. ​​


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To bring awareness & change to sensitive issues in society through poetry. To create and promote programs that feature poetry, other forms of creative writing and art centered around a specific topic, theme or cause. To provide a creative platform to showcase poetry that challenges life, creates a community, a culture of listening, with the ears of the heart.

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