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Marcus Amaker is the Poet Laureate of Charleston, SC. This is his eighth poetry book, and it features handwritten poems and original artwork. The Birth of All Things is a book about Black fatherhood, joy, racism, anxiety, Bjork, Star Wars, and more.

“Once, in 2001, I heard a poet read a poem that turned to music in the air. Two decades later Marcus Amaker’s gorgeous new book is that moment on repeat, with each turned page. A mixtape of presence, The Birth of All Things is a genuine, lyrical offering to our heart’s expansion. To write in celebration while refusing to ignore grief, is a skill few artists have mastered, but it is mastered here. I am so grateful for the bonfire of light this book has brought into my world.”— Andrea Gibson, world-renowned poet and author of Lord of the Butterflies (Button Poetry)

The Birth of All Things is an eclectic mix of poems from Marcus Amaker, the first Poet Laureate of Charleston, SC.

This personal collection delivers poems about a wide range of topics from Charleston, SC's first Poet Laureate.

Amaker is an award-winning graphic designer, musician, and performance poet. The Birth of All Things is the sum of all of his talents.

The book features Amaker’s handwritten poems, and an original illustration from Florida artist Nick Davis.

The Birth of All Things by Marcus Amaker

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