Professor of Philosophy at California State University Releases Poetry Collection

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Dr. Rudolph V. Vanterpool turns his attention to “race-transcending narratives” in new poetry collection

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In the wake of the release of his new collection of poetry, “Speak My Soul: Poems on Migrations and Returns of a Native Son” (published by AuthorHouse), Rudolph V. Vanterpool recalls the beginnings of his love affair with poetry.

“I began writing poetry during the early years of my graduate studies in philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois,” remembers Vanterpool. “The interest started out as a sheer hobby, as a means of finding a creative outlet to express my personal reflections on perennial philosophical issues and the complexities and mysteries of the human condition from a philosophical perspective mainly. Back then, and even now, I thought of the activity of composing poems as a soul-moved conversation with which others (the readers) could identify and even sympathize.”

Vanterpool continues this “soul-moved conversation” in “Speak My Soul”. The engaging collection addresses a wide range of human conditions: the challenges and strivings, the aspirations and anxieties. Vanterpool’s prose form is stylistically free, while several of his poems are composed with meticulous attention to rhyming tendencies.

Vanterpool, ever the polymath, was inspired by a host of concepts including the intellectual discussions of writers of the Harlem Renaissance, the emergence of Africana Studies within the university setting and contemporary Caribbean poetry. One can see the influences of the scholarly works of these various movements in “Speak My Soul”.

“I owe a great debt of gratitude for the inspiration I was able to draw from these historical and more contemporary composers of literary and poetic discourses,” says Vanterpool.

While “Speak My Soul” is sure to speak to lovers of poetry in general, those interested in a creative analysis of cultural ethos will find an extra incentive to delve into the collection.

“In this more encompassing sense my goal as author is to draw attention to universal or culturally-shared lived-experiences. Although race-consciousness is a pervasive theme explored, my ultimate goal is to seek to resolve race-based disputes and to propose means of rectifying otherwise racist discourse with race-transcending narratives.”

About the Author
Rudolph V. Vanterpool, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, he earned his doctorate in philosophy from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, and his J.D. from The University of West Los Angeles School of Law. He has published scholarly articles in professional journals in his fields of expertise (Ethics & Value Theory; Philosophy of Law, and Aesthetics) as well as authoring chapters in anthologies.

In 1999 he was named CSU Outstanding Professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, for exemplary teaching, scholarship and professional service. He is also the author of “In Job's Sandals: From Riches to Rags to Rewards” (Vantage Press).

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