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To Greet Yourself Arriving
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The poems in award-winning poet Michael Fraser's second collection explore and display the lives of historically significant people of African descent from both the Americas and Africa. To Greet Yourself Arriving highlights eminent and well-known historical figures such as Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman, and Oscar Peterson, and also illuminates figures such as George E. Carter, the first Canadian-born Black judge in Canada and Carolina Maria Jesus, an impoverished woman from a Sao Paolo favela, whose diary, Child of the Dark, became the best-selling book in Brazilian publishing history. The collection's poems sizzle, pulse, and shine under Fraser's skilled attention to his poetic craft, offering a powerful experience for readers of all backgrounds.
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Michael Fraser is a Toronto high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various national and international journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. He won FreeFall's 2015 Poetry Contest and is the creator and former director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.

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"The poems are revelatory, educative, and inspirational. They tell (or retell differently) stories of heroes some admired, loved; but many unsung, forgotten . . . That this is a historically significant book is evident on every page." Mayank Bhatt, generallyaboutbooks.com" -The poems are revelatory, educative, and inspirational. They tell (or retell differently) stories of heroes--some admired, loved; but many unsung, forgotten . . . That this is a historically significant book is evident on every page.- --Mayank Bhatt, generallyaboutbooks.com -Fraser's poetry provides rich pieces to share and consider. This is a collection that teachers should be teaching across the country.- --Jael Richardson, Toronto Star -The poems in Fraser's To Greet Yourself Arriving stand fiercely on their own as poems, tight and clear and clean, but as a chorus this book raises itself to a beautiful black sound.- --Michael Dennis, michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca -This book is an event in Anglo-Canadian poetry.- --George Elliot Clarke, author, Whylah Falls "The poems in Fraser's To Greet Yourself Arriving stand fiercely on their own as poems, tight and clear and clean, but as a chorus this book raises itself to a beautiful black sound." Michael Dennis, michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca" "This book is an event in Anglo-Canadian poetry." George Elliot Clarke, author, Whylah Falls"

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