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Maxine Y. Anderson

Maxine Y. Anderson

Class of 1981

About the Author:

Maxine Y. Anderson lives in Long Beach California, and is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School’s class of 1981. I served five active duty years in the United States Army as a Light-wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Specialist. I graduated from Monterey Peninsula Community College in Monterey, California and later graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Administration. I am currently pursuing my Master’s of Arts Degree in Education with a focus in Counseling. Maxine began writing poetry once she was introduced to Langston Hughes' poetry in one of her English classes at Stephen's Junior High School in Long Beach, California. I published my first book of poetry April 28, 2010 titled, “My Heart Aches So My Mind Bleeds.” For each book sold, one dollar is donated to the California State University Dominguez Hills Child Development.

About the book:

This book of poetry undoubtedly reflects common and sometimes uncommon life experiences. My Heart Aches So My Mind Bleeds is collection of verse with a unique offbeat style that does not recognize poetical conformity and boundaries. It narrates significant metaphors and similes of life’s experiences. It also provides a spirited at times unrelenting look at the urban, psychological, social, spiritual, political and economic views. It is a reflection of the past, the present, and the future.

What people are saying:

It is not possible to read this collection of poems without being simultaneously touched by the authenticity of the experiences they recount... many of the poems in the collection deliver a stinging critique of America..."
~Timothy Chin, Ph.D., University of Michigan

"Open-minded readers will see that the author's poems uncover inequities while also communicating encouragement of tolerance between the haves and the have-nots... we might have different challenges, backgrounds and life experiences but we can all relate to the rhythmic, heartfelt poems..."
~Iris Baxter, Ph.D., University of Southern California

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