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Urban Expressions I

Andrew Anderson-Taylor was born in Richmond Va., to his mother Marvell Gross-Taylor and father James A. Taylor, Sr. on October 20th, 1963. I was barely two year old when we all moved to DC and into a one bedroom apartment in SE DC just off MLK Ave., it was just up the street from where the big Chair sits today, a DC landmark. My mom would later move us to the projects of East Capital dwellings in SE Washington DC (a true urban ghetto) in attempt to get away from my father who was an abusive alcoholic . There in the projects I would attend Shad Elementary school. Were I soon would exhibit a great propensity towards drawing by the age of five. Though I was only five, I could easily out draw many of the older children. Although I could draw very well, I still struggled academically throughout my schooling. I finally discovered poetry while enrolled at Washington Dix Street Academy in NE DC; there I would read the works of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou, both of these writers would have a profound effect on my life and help me to discover my talent for writing. I still continued to draw, but writing had taken on a whole new meaning for me in my life. I would save many of my poems that I wrote back then and many of which I did include into this first book. Look for some of the others poems that were not included in this book, to surely be in some of my future books! I'm still a DC Police officer in our Nation’s Capital today. During my career as an officer, I have never lost touch with my love of poetry and art, sometimes as I would be on patrol on the streets, I would find myself during down times just scribbling out some short poetry onto blank pieces of paper that I would keep on my clip board in my police car. I was appointed to the Metropolitan Police Department on July 17, 1989. Though recently I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002 and suffered the set back of two major surgeries. I'm currently now a five year cancer survivor and loving each day of my life. People sometimes ask me, why did I become a cop in the first place? I became a cop to make a difference in this city, were I had spent most of my life growing up. Though much has yet to change in the city? I still continue to try and make a difference in this city that I love so dearly. I have a number of other books that I'm currently working on and I hope that if you do buy my first book Urban Expressions I? You will most certainly want to consider adding my next book Urban Expressions II to your collection as well. I look forward to finishing it and sharing it with all of you! I would like to thank you in advance for your purchase of my book and your support!

No poet is ever alone...

Blog Posted:3/30/2008 8:12:00 PM


With God as our co-writer and standing by our side, we are never alone... We give those who brains do require more than a video game or TV to be for the brain that never goes out of style or gets taken off the air. We go to those who have become a prisoner in their own body and share our imagination with them. We take people place that we have been and into the very depths of our very own soul we have allowed them. We are the minds that never sleep; we are the painters and their minds our canvas to which we paint. My fellow writers we are never truly alone…we are in the minds of our readers and their minds become our homes.



Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this website and I have enjoyed many of your poems and look forward to reading more an hope that you will read mines as well? I look forward to your comments and input.


Thanks JAAT

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  1. Date: 4/11/2008 11:08:00 AM
    Thank you Shar and Catie...all of you! JAAT

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  1. Date: 4/10/2008 9:32:00 PM
    I couldn't agree more. The poet is never alone. I have performed in many venues and the people always have the poet in mind and thoughts long after the event. They always remember you years after the performance. The greetings are always warm upon meeting again. ~ Joseph

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  1. Date: 4/7/2008 11:17:00 AM
    I sure do appreciate the love guys and for recognizing me. of all the people on here you could have chosen? Me? Thanks to all those who read my poetry and thinks it bears mentioning! Luv JAAT

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  1. Date: 4/5/2008 8:25:00 PM
    I thank you both and do look forward to posting many more, as I grow and glow with the rest of you ladies and gentlmen. Much love JAAT

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  1. Date: 3/31/2008 2:59:00 PM
    Nice to meet you Jay. Welcome to Poetrysoup. Look forward to reading your poetry. Warmest wishes. Love, Shar

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Date Posted: 12/18/2008 4:22:00 PM
Thanks to all you who have shown me love over the past year...JAAT
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 7:22:00 AM
No more handkerchiefs…
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 6:13:00 PM
Thanks all!
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 7:22:00 AM
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Date Posted: 4/9/2008 10:49:00 AM
Thanks for all the great comments!
Date Posted: 4/8/2008 5:55:00 PM
No poet is ever alone...
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 8:12:00 PM

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