Like Water Running Off My Back

Africa World Press, 2002 | Poetry | MK Asante

Like Water Running Off My Back

MK's debut book of poems, featuring "Two Sets of Notes"

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This collection of poetry is a window into the mind and soul of a young poet intent on searching for the “truth in everything.” MK 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.

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‘Like Water Running Off My Back’ Synopsis

This collection of poetry is a window into the mind and soul of a young poet intent on searching for the “truth in everything.” MK 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.

Praise for ‘Like Water Running Off My Back’

  • "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, their truth -- and that they emerge from a generation many of us believe had been lost. Bravo!"

    —Charles Fuller, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • "He molds words like soft clay illustrating his thoughts and ideas on everything from culture to hip hop to life."

    —Wendy Day, Rap Coalition
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