by Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Amaru Shakur is best known for his rapping and somewhat less so for his movies.  I knew he had a book of poetry, The Rose that Grew from Concrete, but would have never sought it out.  I am so glad that I found it on the shelf just at a time when I was looking for a book of poetry.  It reveals a side that I never really got from his music.  He gives the reader a sense of the hopelessness of his environment; a cyclical life of abject poverty where the only options are crime and welfare.  He opens up to talk about life, love, and surprisingly, fear.  The book itself is set up so that his handwritten poetry is on one page, and a typed and edited version is on the other.  Reading what he wrote in his own hand is powerful and moving.  This book of poetry is a great read, if for nothing else than to gain a different perspective on the issue of income and social inequality.

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