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#NoJewels is a book that tries to narrate a young man’s life that was loved well, loved wrong and, once, not loved at all. Sadly, this story is not an aberration or oddity. There are numerous No Jewels tales in every city. This book of lines, devices, spaces and stanzas hopes to serve them all.

Ambitious. But, possible.

And when you are in trouble, seek help. If you encounter a person — male or female — in dire straits from physical or mental oppression, get them help.

Love each other folks.

-Tai Allen

Voice

This Spring… A book that gives voice. 

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”

  — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

That Dude Tai Allen

I imagine myself a maker of things.

A creative who gets to build or craft ideas into usable things. Like songs or poems or events or chairs or love. This site represents my want to be a maker of (fine) things.

No Jewels is a book of poems. Tai Allen is a poet. But the singular theme is why you should read it. The book wants you to understand how difficult growing up can be. Remind you the traps and trappings are abound for young men and women.

After you have put the book down or the music is paused: Become or stay committed to our children. You buying/stealing/finding the material makes happy. Your commitment to our collective future make me excited and grateful to be a creative.

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