Tuesday, October 25, 7pm – Poetry
The Moonstone Poetry Series Presents
Kiraat & Ray Brown
KIRAAT. This is the pseudonym chosen by Anthony James William, Jr. to write and publish his poetry. It is an acronym for Keeping It Real At All Time. Anthony was born in Philadelphia but received his early education in Virginia. His family returned to Philadelphia in his late teens and has called Philly home ever since. He is the father of Javonte’ and an uncle to Christopher and Aaleyah. Kiraat’s journey to poetry came out of a need to deal with life and its challenges. His poetry bravely exposes and discusses the taboo and hidden issues facing us all today, from addiction to mental health he relentlessly poets a penetrating truth. His work has a tender poignancy yet it has a strength, a rawness and a precision to slice through sentimentality. His most recent work can be found in The River Poet’s Journal and in his chapbook Natalie and Other Selected Poems.
“Ray Brown’s poetry is for everyman – and woman. His easily read poems give just enough for the mind to draw an image that can be completed – made into rich imagery – when they blend with the reader’s own experiences. Ray’s words are sometimes assembled in a way that makes a phrase glow with a human warmth that is so intense that the words burn into a place – maybe it’s memory – that stirs the soul.”
Mary McAvoy, author, “Love’s Compass”