Michael Marion “A Sketch”
Discussion and Book Signing
Please join us as local author Mike Marion discusses his first book of poetry selections.
Creating art is a revolutionary act of resistance. Reframing the destructive narrative that the black man is one- dimensional and monolithic is paramount. This deeply personal collection of poems pushes against societies stifling vice grip on the Black experience by giving the reader an authentic glimpse into the thoughts, fears, accomplishments, wishes, hopes, and struggles of the beautifully exquisite Black man. Readers are taken through a literary workout as they think deeply about the intricacies of Becoming and the depths of Black Love. Consuming these poems give the reader a courtside view of the power of self-reflection and vulnerability. Portland’s inner city, front porches, basketball courts, hospital rooms, and the halls of academia provide the backdrop for the son, brother, uncle, nephew, teammate, frat, educator, husband, and father to speak their truth. Read deeply. Think deeply. Breath deeply.