Urban Lullaby
Urban Lullaby
the poetic writings of r. warren goler
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The poetic expressions of Phyllis Wheatley, Arna Bontemps, Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni have been the voices of hope to a people scarred by slavery, Jim Crow, and a host of social-political movements designed to suffocate men. Poetry is flow of the street, the boisterous nuances of James Brown, Kool Herc, the Sugar Hill Gang, Tupac, Common and TI. It is the loud screams of pride, the dissatisfaction with the ills which plague society; the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

In the same vain, the poetic writings of r. warren goler eloquently speaks to African-American people, as did the voices of those before him. Urban Lullaby, carries the torch of the past and...runs. r. warren goler echoes the voices of freedom, black love, hope and religious thought.

a woman’s needs love me gentle caress me slow share your secrets release your soul be home with me for me talk touch give me your man’s heart love me without conditions faithful and deep i’ll be all the woman woman you need romance me dance with me even after twenty years court me like you did when first our eyes did meet let me be your dream as you sleep let me be your dream as you sleep black miseducated and lost (ode to gwendolyn brooks) we go ta’ school we act a fool thinkin’ it’s cool we rap urban beats music thumpin’ crusin’ 38th street we let our pants swing low we don’ care if our ass sho’ we pack guns we have no future die young we say our black queens are ho’s we black miseducated lost souls

R. Warren Goler, was born on the campus of Tuskegee Institute (presently Tuskegee University), on 08 May 1964, to Robert and Jacqueline Goler. He was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the young age of eight years old, he displayed a talent and interest in art. Much of his young years were spent drawing, painting, listening to music and writing. During his eighth grade year, Warren’s artistic talent was recognized by the principal of St. Monica’s Schools, thus earning him a scholarship to John Herron School of Art.

He would later attend Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, majoring in Graphic Art. Warren served two year of active duty in the United States Navy. He has been a member of the Army National Guard and is part of the United States Army Reserves. While a member of the 498th Transportation Unit, he serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

Currently, he is a Special Education Teacher at Pinson Valley High School, in Pinson, Alabama. He and his wife Angelia have been married for thirteen years and have twin boys, who are in second grade. Warren also has a twenty year old son from a previous marriage.


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