RELEASE: “Songs for the Cleveland Avenue Warriors” is an epic poetic debut about race and class in Chicago’s south side

Emergent black author Gary E. Moore exercises demons of the past, present, and future in his first poetry chapbook, published by creativeonion Press

“Revolution is in the air,” says Gary E. Moore in his first book of poetry; “while we stand at the brink / of the kitchen sink / frantically watching the distress / from our hair.” Poignant, intelligent, and bursting with salient insights on race, class, and family, Moore’s Songs for the Cleveland Avenue Warriors is a straightforward voice of pain and compassion, and it offers an antidote to the flamboyant sociopathy of our times.

Songs features 80 poems in three sections: “An Assortment of Lamentations for the Dead,” “Seasonings,” and “Subversion,” representing Moore’s reflections on growing up in Chicago’s notoriously dangerous south side; on being a teacher, neighbor, and father; and on the failings of the systems around us.

Moore’s work, beautiful in its own merit, also breaks the negative stereotypes thrust upon black American men, by showcasing a stillwatered, nurturing soul.

Songs for the Cleveland Avenue Warriors is available from new, woman-owned independent publisher creativeonion Press in print at creativeonionpress.com, bookstores, and major online retailers, and in ebook from major ebook platforms. Wholesale and library purchasing can be made through Ingram Content Group.

About the Author, Gary E. Moore

I turned 50 years old soon after a rare cosmic alignment. A Jet Black Man, I am meant to defy convention. I’ve always seen the strings, though, pondered at the accidental glimpses at the cracks in the curtains, the goings on behind the scenes. No wonder then that I have so comfortably retreated into solitude. So, why now, you may ask? Why chose this moment to crawl out into the open, dazed and dazzled by the neon light of this relentless reality? Well, it was my son. He made me do it. My first born, he arrived upon this plane 6 years ago and he doesn’t care one frickin bit for my hesitance, for my uncertainty. He demands answers. He seeks out the Light. Not the sickly blue, palliative glow of commerce, but the Light of Reason and Understanding and Comfort and Compassion. We’ll search together.

About the Press

creativeonion Press is a brand new, independent publisher of cross-genre literature, focused on fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, spirituality, and divergent cultural perspectives. Woman owned and operated, creativeonion Press is the love child of Medium.com dropout Marjorie Steele and the myriad of unpublished, outsider authors who have inspired her. Anti-colonialist at its core, the Press welcomes voices from a diverse range of socioeconomic perspectives, and its titles are selected to stimulate and intrigue readers in underserved markets such as black literature. creativeonion Press is also the publisher of COSGRRRL, a nerd literary magazine founded in 2017. Books for purchase and more info are available at creatvieonionpress.com.

Contact: Marjorie Steele, Publisher

press@creativeonion.me

ISBN #978–1–7345816–4–5

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marjorie steele

poet, educator, hillbilly gnostic pagan. teaching business to designers.