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 Thomas Long Table



Books by Thomas Long

Reflections of My Soul  Papa Don't Preach / A Thug's Life  / Cash Rules / Around the Way Girls

DVD:  4 Life ( a film based on the novel A Thug's Life)

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Thomas Long is a 29-year-old [2004], single Black male who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Morgan State University in 1996, with a B.A. degree in Sociology. He is currently enrolled as a graduate school student at the University of Baltimore, majoring in Legal and Ethical Studies. Professionally, the author is employed as an Addictions Program Specialist with a private agency in Maryland that deals primarily with drug addicted clients who are under the supervision of the criminal justice system. 

Some of his hobbies include weightlifting, playing basketball, listening to music (hip-hop, soul, and jazz), and creative writing (poetry, fiction, and short stories). He lists writers such as Michael Baisden, Eric Jerome Dickey, Karl Weber, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and Haki Madhubuti among his primary influences in the literary field. 

Mr. Long began writing poetry as a teenager as a way to express his frustration over the self-destructive behavior (drugs, crime, poverty) he witnessed growing up in the inner city of Baltimore. Reflections of My Soul is his first published literary work and features a collection of the author’s most intimate poetry selections. 

He is presently working on his second book, yet to be named, which will explore his own personal views on intimate relationships as well as propose dating tips for women in the new millennium. In addition, Mr. Long is the CEO of his own publishing company, XSL Publishing, which he plans to use a vehicle to self-publish his works as well as those of many up and coming writers.


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Poems from

Reflections of My Soul: A Collection of Urban Poetry

By Thomas Long


Renaissance Man  

Introduction to Reflections  

Cries of a Ghetto Child  

Mr. Officer  


The Chosen One 

1 in 2 Million 

U Made Sense 2 Me  

My Mighty Pen  

Black Woman  

Thug Life  

Dogs for Life

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Closing Thoughts of Reflections of My Soul

By Thomas Long

I am a firm believer that one's artistic works should mirror or be an expression of his/her life experiences and frame of thought. I hope that after reading my poetry, you have gained a deeper understanding and insight into the mindset of a young Black male attempting to reach full maturity in the face of various life obstacles. I encourage any parent who has a child who shows an inclination toward art in any form (acting, music, writing, sports, etc.) to allow that child to pursue his/her passion without hindrance. I say this because I have seen so many young people who, if given the right motivation at home, could have gone on to achieve greatness in life, but instead their existence has been wasted away in the inner city in a tangled world of crime and self-destruction.

It is my duty as a living survivor of this same circle of dysfunctional social behavior to impart the knowledge and insight I have been given on to others. It is important to me to show all sides of my life story (pain, tragedy, and triumph) to give the reader a clearer picture of the evolution that has taken place within me in my lifelong quest for self-mastery and a self-identity. Although I have come a long way in my journey, I still have much further to go to reach the apex of my potential. this book is just a small piece of me that I have given to the world for you to dissect and there is much more to come!!!!!

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