The First Time I: Performance Poetry & More, is a poetic trek of love, humor, tragedy, and survival on an inspiring mind trip--a roller coaster through life.

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Zamounde S. Allie, Jr., published by iUniverse, Inc., the leading provider of publishing technology solutions for authors, announced todayÂ?the release of this interesting compilation of poetry which received the EditorÂ?s Choice designation.

A street-style poetry extravaganza! Walk the enlightening trek with this spoken word collection of poetry, which embraces the heart and mind of a generation. The First Time I exposes tragedies and victories through insightful poems of passion and short story, reflecting on the past, and challenging the reader to chase an evasive future. An eyewitness to the trouble’s that plague urban society, a champion against the odds, and an inspirational work of living art originally written for radio, live performances, or someone’s living-room—the dial on the meter spins from its energy.

“Proof that a man can feel…” Stacey J. McAdoo-Baring My Soul

“One of the leading advocates of the poetic renaissance in the black community” –Memphis Vaughn- Timbooktu.Com

Zamounde Allie is a native Detroit writer whose credits include his first book, As the World Burns, and featured work in the anthology Journey to TimBookTu. His articles, essays, and poetry also appeared in Rhapsody in Black, and the Writeous magazines. Zamounde is currently attending Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

The First Time I: Performance Poetry & More ISBN:0-595-31324-8, April 15, 2004, Paperback $11.95 paperback, eBook $6.00, published by iUniverse, available at,, and

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