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From his troubles down South to his troubles up South, Craig weaves a magical trail of his very emotional and turbulent life.

He then sums it up with the much awaited uplifting ending that everyone would wish for themselves. Craig's life story is a

must read because it shows how with perseverance, persistence, and love one can overcome much adversity in their life.

 

 

Books by Craig Garner

A Poetic Twist of Fate  / A Poetic Quest for Faith  / A Poetic Purpose to My Life / Trouble?

 

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Trouble?

By Craig A. Garner

 

Craig Garner, author, Poet Laureate of the Township of Irvington and long time resident of Irvington has just completed having his seventh book published by Word Association Publishers. The name of the book is Trouble? This book is a semi-autobiography of Craig’s life with poetry and quotes inter-dispersed throughout the book.  It highlights Craig’s life beginning as a child in the projects of Newark to becoming an IT Manager at a Fortune Five hundred company.  And, his transition from a basketball star in the U.S. Air Force to the Poet Laureate of Irvington.  It is a very interesting and compelling story of redemption, enlightenment, and excitement during an era when many young African American men were struggling to define their role in this society.

Craig’s story is an American story that should reverberate throughout many folk’s minds allowing them to easily relate to it.  It is based in the fact that when someone decides to speak the truth they ultimately get labeled trouble for do so.  And once you are labeled trouble how you eventually have to pay for your convictions.  It is a testimony to the fact that there is a price to pay for speaking the truth.  A number of poems and quotes are used to make this point.

The cover of the book is the colors of Africa which symbolizes the trouble that Africans have been in since we got here.  The book is priced moderately at 12.95 and will be available on Amazon.com as well as Barnes & Nobles.com.  Craig can also be contacted via email at crggarner@yahoo.com or his website at www.craigspoetry.com

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Be About It

 

                                        By Craig A. Garner

 

Lot of folks talk the talk

yet cannot see.

 

That talk is cheap and

action ain’t free.

 

When you step out there

to do your thing.

 

You got to be about it

to make your heart sing.

 

Moving on your thoughts

and actin on your dreams.

 

Focusing on winning

by any other means.

 

Stepping to the plate

with you’re ammo ready.

 

Willing to take on anyone

that thinks you’re not steady.

 

Looking out for others

 that may need a hand.

 

Yet maintaining your focus

on your business plan.

 

Following up with clients

who need assurance.

 

Making sure your business

has some insurance.

 

The way I see things and

from where I sit.

 

If you want to get paid

you have to Be About It.

 

Be in the moment and

be your self.

 

More than any other thing

or anyone else.

 9 December 2009 

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Cultural Boundaries

 

                                                By Craig A. Garner

 

Are we still inhibited

by what we can’t see.

 

Since we have set up

cultural boundaries.

 

What’s good for the goose

is good for a friend.

 

What’s good for your folks

is good for our men.

 

No mental fence should

ever hold us back.

 

Preventing us from acquiring

the things we lack.

 

We’re all in it together

whether we know it or not.

 

So this fence building and

maintenance has to stop.

 

Break down the walls man

tear down the chains.

 

Since it’s preventing us all

from our due gains.

 

Love your neighbor regardless

of where he’s from.

 

Treat his children like it’s

your daughter or son.

 

Tribalism has been known

our goals to stifle.

 

Especially when someone

else gives us a rifle.

 

Look past the boundaries

of your mind.

 

Since everything we need

is on the line.

8 July 2011

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Who Will Tell Our Story?

 

                                                By Craig A. Garner

 

Who will tell our story

and tell it

the proper way?

 

Who will tell our story

from the dawn of history

until today?

 

Will they tell it sincerely

including every thing

there is?

 

Will they tell it lovingly

with the tenderness

it should give?

 

Shall the empires of Songhai

and Timbuktu

be part of the allure.

 

Or will the truth continue

to be withheld

behind unopened doors.

 

Will Imhotep be illuminated

as First in Line

after the Egyptian King?

 

Will our greatness

be mentioned when

future generations sing?

 

What of Ramses the Great

and Queen Nefetari’s reign?

 

If we don’t study this

will we ever be the same?

 

Shall we suffer in silence

or refuse to play this game.

 

Will we finally demand

to know our true names.

 

What of the Buffalo Soldiers,

Tuskegee Airmen

and so many more?

If their greatness

is unmatched then

what are we waiting for?

 

What about Ida B. Wells

Anti-slavery abolitionist

back in the day?

 

Lewis Lattimore helped

 bring us light in

his special way.

 

How long can we live

like this and

not even care.

 

How long are we

going to be

afraid to take the dare…

to be free!

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Trouble?

By Craig A Garner

This book, Craig's seventh, is a semi-autobiographical depiction of what he has gone through during his entire life as a child from the projects to an IT manager at a Fortune Five Hundred company. And, his transition from a sports star in the Air Force to the Poet Laureate of the township of Irvington, and Chairman of the Planning Board. It is a very interesting and compelling story of redemption, enlightenment, and excitement during an era when many young African American men were struggling to define their role in our society. As usual, no punches are pulled since Craig tells it like it is or in this case was. His story is an American story that should reverberate throughout many folks' minds allowing them to easily relate to it. From his troubles down South to his troubles up South, Craig weaves a magical trail of his very emotional and turbulent life. He then sums it up with the much awaited uplifting ending that everyone would wish for themselves. Craig's life story is a must read because it shows how with perseverance, persistence, and love one can overcome much adversity in their life. It is ultimately a testimony to the fact that there is a price to pay for speaking the truth. But with the belief in God and support of your family all things are possible, in spite of what anyone may say or anyone may do. Craig has interspersed some of his latest poems between the chapters, staying true to his authorship's roots in poetry. Also included are quotes from some he has admired over the years.

Other Books Books by Craig A. Garner: A Poetic Purpose to My Life

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America's shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, "Happy can make you money, but money can't make you happy."

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

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W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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