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Justin Rollins has a remarkable ability. His poems emerge not from agonising over a blank sheet of paper, but in rap-like fashion, in full-flow and in their complete form. This collection takes the reader on a journey on which those familiar with his autobiographical The Lost Boyz will recognise the landmarks. But this is fresh and captivating work. It deals with the everyday effects of disadvantage, the tensions of wealth and poverty, freedom and incarceration with glimpses of a sometimes dark past, motivational now and uncertain though optimistic future. What registers is Rollins' eye for detail, the telling remark, the eccentric, the absurd, clandestine places and parallel realities. Much of this is driven by his years living on the streets chasing excitement to compensate for the lack of a conventional upbringing. The result is a raw journey captured in snapshots of street crimes, survival, pain and the author's travels on the Northern Line. Extracts From 'Street Wise'... Some boys played with toy cars We played with metal bars And set fires On the way to becoming the lads All the traits of a psychopath They visited museums and studied from books We bunked history and became hooked Snotty-nosed kids slowly becoming crooks. From 'Cameron's Kids'... See we wasn't born with riches Luxury food on tap . . . I was born guilty Brought up in those flats So when you drive on by Just give us a bib Cameron what would you do If this was your kid? 'A great read. Very original voice': John Harding, former Chief Probation Officer for Inner London. 'Justin Rollins is THE authentic poetic voice of the streets...He is bringing a message and whether you like it or not it is real. Truly a genuine voice of the lost generation': Noel 'Razor' Smith, Author of A Few Kind Words and A Loaded Gun. 'A very talented wordsmith who paints pictures with topics most don't want to talk about': The Thirst, London-based rock band and peers of the author (see 'Street Crhymes reveals what goes on in the mind of a young offender, how they really feel and provides some real home truths about life behind bars': David A Williams, Director of Youth Services, London Urban Arts Academy. 'Transformation of a beleaguered mind and body giving rise to and embracing the artistic creative spirit. Resurrection!': Yolande Bavan, Jazz Legend

Author: Rollins, Justin
Publisher: Waterside Press
Illustration: N
Language: ENG
Title: Street Crhymes
Pages: 00000 (Encrypted EPUB) / 00000 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2013-12-05
SKU-13/ISBN: 9781904380993
Category: Poetry : English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Category: Law : Criminal Law - Juvenile Offenders
Category: True Crime : General

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