Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light, (Broadside Lotus Press and Health Collectors™ LLC), is an odyssey in African American history and culture expressed through the lyrical writing of literary artist, Flint, Michigan’s First Poet Laureate, Semaj Brown. This collection of poems, and prose, interspersed with beams of science references, rise like flames from the ash and embers of Semaj’s story. Bleeding Fire is part memoir, part social commentary, and part magical realism. Readers grapple with the intensity of our collective reality while commemorating love and laughter.
Semaj Brown is a writer of poems, essays, curriculum, plays, theatrical productions, and a vegetarian story cook book. Author to what is described as an odyssey of African American History and Culture, the eclectic collection of poetry and prose, “Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light” (Broadside Lotus Press /Health Collectors LLC), 2019.
What do you get when an author who is a committed vegetarian, an innovative cook, a storyteller, and a poet sits down to write a book? You get Feasts and Fables from the Planted Kingdom, a delightful cookbook which offers practical, healthy, vegetarian recipes, accompanied by whimsical stories told by the vegetables themselves! Admit it. You always suspected that the plants were alive and engaged in running the Green realm. Inspired by these fables, you will achieve an even higher level of Green consciousness! – Gloria House, PhD
“They are Reverse Waterfalls Standing Erect!” ~ Semaj Brown • The poem grew. It grew into an invitation to perform for the Flint Institute of Arts Event, Meet the Women of a New Tribe, and it elicited an invitation from human rights icon and professor emeritus Gloria House, PhD to perform the poem at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to benefit the Detroit Freedom Schools Movement and the Museum. The poem grew into a booklet complete with appendix to be utilized in education, a wonderful tool for teaching poetry, history, and literary art of social justice concurrently or separately. It grew a foreword by esteemed writer Aurora Harris, and back cover notes of Marissa Pierce. It grew into a recording at the Flint Boys and Girls Club, Chief Executive Officer, Tauzzari Robinson, Director of Programming and Operations, Amber Miller with engineer Pharlon Randall working technical creative magic. It grew into a debut for Dr. James Brown’s invention, the Arborlune™ instrument which evokes mellow tones from other dimensions, part string part percussion, totally inspired genius made from a fallen tree branch in our backyard. Mother Ocean (Making of a New Tribe) keeps growing.