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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!

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Blog Posted:12/18/2008 4:22:00 PM
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"It may be a line from a book or a verse from a poem. You see words are the paint and your mind becomes the canvas. Poetry is my tool that I use to tell a story of days gone by or a lesson learned or one yet to be learned..."</P></DIV> <DIV id=productDetails> <HR> <H2>Product Details</H2> <UL> <LI>Amazon Sales Rank: #2880088 in Books <LI>Published on: 2005-01-28 <LI>Released on: 2005-01-28 <LI>Binding: Paperback <LI>76 pages </LI></UL></DIV></DIV>
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  1. Date: 2/22/2011 6:47:00 AM
    You have an interesting blog here. I'm checking out these blogs to get to know my fellow soupers better.

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  1. Date: 12/20/2008 6:26:00 PM
    Jay Congratulations on your book its exciting isn't it! Merry Christmas! Laura :)

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  1. Date: 12/19/2008 6:23:00 AM
    Rock on!!! Congrats!!

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My Past Blog Posts

My Book
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
Quote by (Jay A. Anderson-Taylor)
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

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
3/7/2014foul mouthLayabuse,anger,body,
6/4/2013God knows, but you chooseLight Poetrychristian,wisdom,
2/14/2013Valentines Day wish for youLight Poetrydevotion,love,valentines
11/28/2012Promises unfulfilledLaydeath,epic,love,uplifting
11/2/2012bleeding heart cryDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)lost loveheart,heart,love
9/27/2012Weak fleshLight Poetryblack african american,vi
9/22/2012Grounded by fleshLight Poetryfaith,religion,social,
9/11/2012God's BasketsPastoralfaith,religion,father,fat
9/11/2012Our RightsLayreligion,social,marriage,
9/6/2012The VOTELayblack african american,ho
7/26/2012The KeeperLight Poetrydepression,faith,friendsh
7/17/2012I said what I wasLight Poetryinspirational,life,people
7/6/2012Stranger in dangerLyrichappiness,loss,lost love,
6/14/2012Cupids killerLimerickdeath,depression,romance,
6/14/2012Is not soDidactichistory,life,philosophy,v
6/11/2012I thoughtLight Poetrydedication,education,phil
5/17/2012Go-Go SoulBioblack african american,de
5/5/2012UnderstoodLight Poetrycaregiving,childhood,fath
12/28/2011Am I still a manLight Poetryinspirational,philosophy,
11/17/2011Lead or non leaderLayphilosophy,
10/31/2011VOIDLaylost love,earth,time,

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