Finding Refuge in Poetry

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A genuine collection of poetry from a man who finds comfort in words after a life of pain

the idea that never evolved into a real thought or became a living entity.

For poet-author Ali Anane Richard, writing has been his refuge after a life of pain. Through poetry, he was able to cope with his struggles and found a way to release emotions that burdened him for a long time. Today, he invites readers to witness his life through words in Poem on the Corner, a heartfelt collection of poetry released through Xlibris.

“You see I’m from the bottom of the streets. I guess you could say I am the streets, I’m a true product of the streets and its violence, and its drug abuse,” says Richard. Born during the eighties, the author describes himself as “the idea that never evolved into a real thought or became a living entity.” With both parents’ as victims of drug abuse, Richard grew up to become a juvenile delinquent who was brought in and out of prison, spending his youth in pain and tears.

With these experiences, Richard found the inspiration to write, finding release and comfort in words. The poems in this book are not about glorifying the street life; rather, it reflects the truth about the street life as seen through his eyes.

“As I put my life on paper and offer you my soul I hope the burden of my life becomes your knowledge,” Richard says.

A compilation of honest sentiments of a man who has been through all, Poem on the Corner is bound to enlighten readers who were once enveloped in darkness and uncertainty. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Ali Anane Richard has lived in Hartford, Connecticut all of his life. He is thirty years old and has spent most of his childhood getting in trouble with the law. First, being arrested at eight years old. At age fourteen, he spent eight months in Long Lane School, a school away from home for serious juvenile delinquents. Released at the age of fifteen, he promptly returned but this time charged as an adult. With not one hair on his face, he had to enter prison and became a man. Here in this book lies the pain of a child and the life of a young man.

Poem on the Corner * by Ali Anane Richard
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Publication Date: February 20, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 153 pages; 978-1-4415-5673-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 153 pages; 978-1-4415-5674-5

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7876.

For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at


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