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"Home Work A Collection of Poems Sparked by One White Woman’s Journey on the Matter of Race" will bring readers into the heart of the author’s expedition into the study of racism and social justice electrified by Harriet Tubman’s heroic flight to freedom.
“This book is a compilation of poems written as a result of lessons and home work assignments while a participant in the course, On The Matter of Race: White People Committed to Beginning the Journey Together, Level 1,” stated St. Clair.
“My mother reminded me I won entry into a published book of poetry as a young adult. Poetry writing was dormant until my first homework assignment in conflict resolution coach, Dr. Lynne M. Hurdle Price’s course, On The Matter of Race. Instead of sentences and paragraphs to convey my thoughts, poetry answered the homework questions posed.”
A portion of proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to The Harriet Tubman Monument, Beaufort, SC until monies are raised for installation.
“I grew up like a neglected weed, – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented.” - Harriet Tubman to Benjamin Drew, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, 1855
New Cover Revealed for Book's Second Birthday - March 10th, 2023
In celebration of the second anniversary of the release of “Home Work A Collection of Poems Sparked by One White Woman’s Journey on the Matter of Race,” poet, Melissa Whiteford St. Clair announces the rebranded cover debuting for Harriet Tubman Day – March 10, 2023. Rebranding in honor of Harriet Tubman Day reflects the author’s homage to Harriet Tubman’s heroic flight to freedom and selfless dedication to help others.
The rebranding of “Home Work A Collection of Poems Sparked by One White Woman’s Journey on the Matter of Race” coincides with the release of Whiteford St. Clair’s second book of poetry, “Heart Work A Heart-Centered Collection of Poems” published this past Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
Story Behind the Original Book Cover
Originally unbeknownst to the author and book cover designer, Blue Starfish Virtual Solutions, LLC, the honeycomb symbolizes the link of honeybees with the American slave trade. The honeycomb also represents the author’s small business brand incorporating a worker bee.
Note From the Author
Thank you for visiting this page and/or reading the book of poetry. If you enjoyed the book, had any a-ha moments, or gleaned meaningful takeaways, I invite you to leave a review online or wherever appropriate. Available for virtual book clubs or cameo readings. Contact Melissa. Spoken Word readings: Open Mic (stage). Open Mic (Zoom).
Melissa Whiteford St. Clair hails from picturesque Harford County, Maryland. She married her high school sweetheart and for the next 30 years, home was where the U.S. Marine Corps sent them. Reflecting on the history of her home state and the history of her time spent in the lowcountry set the framework for this groundwork.
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"Melissa, I am so impressed by your quest to improve your understanding of race relations and then putting your thoughts and feelings into poetry. An example for all of us!" -Linda F.
"Melissa, thank you for inspiring so many of us through your actions and blessings." -Karen F.
"An excellent collection of poetry. I applaud your courage and honesty." -Melissa A.
"It's just a wonderful and insightful collection, Melissa. I enjoyed it so much, and I want to reread them for the second (and third) take." -Kira D.
"Highly recommend! Thought provoking." -Amanda B.
"Your book was awesome and truly shed a powerful light on a dark social injustice." -Ellen F.
Sharing her journey on the matter of race with readers in “Heart Work A Heart-Centered Collection of Poems,” Melissa Whiteford St. Clair uses poetry as a mechanism to process reflections and responses to her study of racism and social justice in American history and today’s society.
"Heart Work A Heart-Centered Collection of Poems" is the second of the author’s responses to her assignments related to the course On The Matter of Race: White People Committed to Continuing the Journey Together, Level 2 (May 2021-October 2021), Level 3 and Level 4 (January 2022 through publication).
Additional inspiration for the poetry came from participation in a JustFaith Ministries workshop Faith and Racial Equity along with independent study.
The author is grateful for the opportunities, education, and growth sparked by these experiences.
A section of lighthearted poems written while on vacation rounds out this collection.
Available Valentine's Day 2023!
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“Readers will gain a quick grasp of Black history.”
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