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W2W – Writers To Watch -At The San Diego Central Library

The local author event in the W2W series features The Gumbo Pot Poems.

Please join the Golden Brown Fairy Godmother, Alyce Smith Cooper & friends, Jaime V. Jones and Judy Sundayo for a, poetry reading and book signing:

The GUMBO Pot Poems, by Alyce Smith Cooper, Jaime V. Jones and Judy Sundayo, is a book celebrating food, friendships and family! Fantastic recipes for one of America’s most popular culinary dishes, GUMBO, are mixed in with poetry about the lessons we learn from our everyday life experiences. These poetic musings are divided into the different flavors represented in GUMBO, flavors like, salty, bitter, spicy, sweet, sour, and savory. The authors have associated these flavors metaphorically with similar life experiences. What results is a uniquely flavorful way to serve up and savor some pretty powerful poems!

Readers resonate with the salty poems when feeling in a sensual or sexy mood, the bitter poems when lamenting tough lessons learned, the spicy poems when feeling proud of the beauty found in nature or in themselves, the sweet poems when celebrating love and family, the sour poems when dealing with grief or loss and the savory poems when searching for words of wisdom or strength of character. Each section includes a palate-cleansing poem to refresh the cognitive taste buds before devouring the next poetic course. The authors have also stirred in spiritually seasoned poems, which speak to the love of God and the blessings of spirit. By organizing the book in this way, the authors serve up an unforgettable meal to readers with words that provoke, excite, heal and inspire!

Like a pot of GUMBO, this book is a tasteful and full-bodied experience, with weight and substance. Through the book everyone is invited to the same table to share, discuss and digest opinions on an apron-full of poems from sweet, pretty and pleasing to downright powerful and provocative. The late Dr. Maya Angelou is considered by the authors to be the standard-bearer of cultural pride and cross-cultural unity. The book’s cover sports an original painting of Dr. Angelou by Emmy award-winning artist, James Gayles. Because Dr. Angelou was so masterful in her writing as well as in her kitchen, she served as the inspiration for this book. The authors of The GUMBO Pot Poems are particularly honored to dedicate this book in her memory.

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