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Poems about Life Lessons

Looking Back at the Cage is a poetry book about the lessons learned in life. 

Rafa Selase This collection of poetry about a society that seeks to shape and pull black men in two opposing directions. One reflecting a black identity and the other mirroring the illusion of white economic success. Poet and artist Rafa Selase left the “Corporate Ship” and set sail in uncharted waters, discovering the treasure of artistry that had been buried within. Since that time, his poetry has evolved from written to spoken word, to music. This is thoughtful and engaging poetry that is reminiscent of other Black Folk Poets.

"Selase has become notorious for his collection of protest songs composed to show the world what is never seen on the mainstream news." -A&R Factory "

Selase stands out as a rare combination of authentic songwriting depth and world-class musicianship, showcasing a really rare blend of control over the entire vision that drives his tracks." - Jazz Corner Magazine

"Rafa performs his spoken word poetry in a show that many are calling brilliant." - Justice Through Music "Free from stylistic boundaries, Selase is a true artist." - No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music

“A singular artistic exploration of racial and social issues via jazz, afro-funk, social media, folk music, and spoken word.” – Yousef Baig, Sacramento Bee