Today, I’m pleased to introduce Yecheilyah, who will tell us about her life and her latest book and share one of her poems. You’ll find all her author links at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
Yecheilyah (e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) is an Author, Blogger, and Poet and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her wonderful husband. She has been writing poetry since she was twelve years old and joined the UMOJA Poetry Society in high school where she learned to perfect her craft. In 2010, at twenty-three years old, Yecheilyah published her first collection of poetry and in 2014, founded Literary Korner Publishing and The PBS blog where she enjoys helping other authors through her blog interviews and book reviews. The PBS Blog has been named among Reedsy’s Best Book Review blogs of 2017 and 2018 and has helped many authors in their writing journeys. I am Soul is her fourth collection of poetry.
I WAS NOT THERE
I do not entirely agree
with the actions of my ancestors.
Cannot say with a straight face
that I would have stood there
in the crossfire of oppression, falling
while being bitten by dogs,
while being spit on.
Not without a straight face will I say
that I would have been there
to ask my oppressors their permission
to walk down their streets.
But I was not there
And me not being there leads me to do nothing
but honor their legacy in humility.
I do not know the taste of their humiliation
as closely as they experienced it.
My young palate is a prejudiced mixture
of what I’ve seen in footage and read in books.
I did not feel the lash
or salt in between their wounds.
Know nothing of the seasoning
of stripped identity
of throats closing in on tongues.
I know only of gentle waters.
The kind that bathes, and cooks and quenches the thirst.
I know nothing of the kind that pierces
the skin on contact.
I do not know because I was not there.
But I can write
like Baldwin did,
As a witness
I can write the stories
and un-fairytale the tragedy
of being colored.
To make alive again
a history left virtually unknown,
Because I was not there,
Not when Moses died or Malcolm was slain,
But I can write,
articulating the suffering
of the now silent.
Fun Facts about Yecheilyah
She loves to laugh, and her favorite comedy TV show is Blackish.
She is originally from Chicago, Illinois.
She’s been married to her husband eight years, together for eleven years.
She believes eggs make everything better.
She is a twin.
She is addicted to reading and new notebooks.
Her favorite dessert is ice cream.
I am Soul is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Scribd and The Medu Bookstore at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta.
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The Medu Bookstore
2841 Greenbriar Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Author Website: http://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA/
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