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Carlos Toomer in his own words

Those who know me know that I am a fair individual. I believe there are always multiple sides to every story and it is our duty as informed citizens to consider all of them. As many of you know, I have reported in recent weeks on the saga of the lyrical poet, Carlos Toomer. A summary of the Carlos Toomer saga is here but I am sure that you, the loyal readers of the blog know about Carlos and his post-Kentucky poetry experience.

Well after the last of the Carlos Toomer poetry posts, he took the time to write a response on the blog and I want to copy it here for those who did not get to see it. He made four posts, all of which are recopied below. Carlos’s comments were:

Unity in our community

I was able to jump from the free throw line when Rick pitino came
to visit me in high school.I have newspaper clipping to prove it.
What happen is I went from 175 pounds to 190 pounds and it may the
difference of jump from the free throw in comprasion to the off of the

I believe in alot about what Rick Pitino
writes about dealing with habits.
All you have do is nuture a goal with positive
habits and it becomes reality, it will glow with truth

Many poets believe that poetry is an expressiion of the heart and is valid no matter the poetry’s edtional level or background.
This has always been their philosophy and always will be. So whether you are a beginnig poet writing your very first poem, or
a more established, previously published poet, poets welcome you. They ask you to share a common love and appreciation
for what they believe is the world’s most powerful and most important art form…poetry

Carlos knows that his poems will always have a place here and I hope he will continue to post and maybe even sit down for an interview very soon. Until then, another Carlos Toomer poem via

This one is called……Jared Carter

Like an open book
My heart is for your interpretation
You read and all is clear
Touch the individual words
Feel their majestic quality
Put your ear to my cover
Hear my heart beat rapidly
For you are in my presence
Joy rushes through my pages
Examine my title where your name hovers
The story begins at our introduction
And takes us to the present
You realize the story has just began
Anticipated to fill the blank pages
You kiss the cover and go to find me

Article written by Matt Jones