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Title:
The rose that grew from concrete
Author:
Shakur, Tupac, 1971-1996.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Pocket Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxii, 149 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
General Note:
Poems.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.3 1.0 83817.
ISBN:
9781439556658

9780671028442

9780671028459
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A collection of poetic writings by the late hip-hop icon, written in his nineteenth year, informs readers about his beliefs about the future and the power of the human voice while offering insight into his private world and enigmatic personality. Reprint.


Summary

Tupac Shakur's most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete .

His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect.
His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice.
His legacy is indomitable -- remaining vibrant and alive.

Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions.

Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy...and his ultimate message of hope.


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School Library Journal Review

YA-A collection of poetry written by the rapper between 1989 and 1991, before he became famous. The poems are passionate, sometimes angry, and often compelling. Selections are reproduced from the originals in Shakur's handwriting, personalized by distinctive spelling and the use of ideographs (a drawing of an eye for I, etc.), and complete with scratch outs and corrections. With the exception of "In the Event of My Demise," all of the pieces are accompanied by typed text, which leaves his spelling intact. Some poems are also accompanied by his drawings. A few black-and-white photographs appear throughout. A preface by Shakur's mother, a foreword by Nikki Giovanni, and an introduction by his manager, Leila Steinburg, in whose writing group the poems were written, complete this unique volume.-Susan Salpini, Purcellville Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

From Section One: The Rose That Grew From Concrete The Rose That Grew from Concrete Autobiographical Did u hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete Proving nature's laws wrong it learned 2 walk without having feet Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams it learned 2 breathe fresh air Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared! In the Depths of Solitude Dedicated 2 Me I exist in the depths of solitude pondering my true goal Trying 2 find peace of mind and still preserve my soul CONSTANTLY yearning 2 be accepted and from all receive respect Never compromising but sometimes risky and that is my only regret A young heart with an old soul how can there be peace How can I be in the depths of solitude when there R 2 inside of me This Duo within me causes the perfect opportunity 2 learn and live twice as fast as those who accept simplicity Sometimes I Cry Sometimes when I'm alone I cry because I'm on my own The tears I cry R bitter and warm They flow with life but take no form I cry because my heart is torn and I find it difficult 2 carry on If I had an ear 2 confide in I would cry among my treasured friends But who do u know that stops that long to help another carry on The world moves fast and it would rather pass u by than 2 stop and c what makes u cry It's painful and sad and sometimes I cry and no one cares about why. Under the Skies Above After the Miscarriage My child is out there somewhere under the skies above waiting anxiously 4 u and me 2 bless it with our love A part of me a part of u and a part of this love we share will protect my unborn child who lives dormant out there somewhere Sometimes in my dreams I imagine what it would be like How could I properly guide him when even I don't know what's right Whether he is born in wealth or poverty there will be no deficiency in love I welcome this gift of life given from GOD under the skies above Copyright © 1999 by The Estate of Tupac Shakur Excerpted from The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Afeni ShakurNikki GiovanniLeila Steinberg
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Foreword: Tupac, C U in Heavenp. xv
Introductionp. xix
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
The Rose That Grew from Concretep. 3
In the Depths of Solitudep. 5
Sometimes I Cryp. 7
Under the Skies Abovep. 9
Life Through My Eyesp. 11
When Ure Heart Turns Coldp. 13
Untitledp. 15
The Eternal Lamentp. 17
Only 4 the Righteousp. 19
What of Fame?p. 21
The Shining Star Within!p. 23
Starry Nightp. 25
If I Failp. 27
What Is It That I Search 4p. 29
The Fear in the Heart of a Manp. 31
Godp. 33
Nothing Can Come Between Us
Nothing Can Come Between Usp. 37
My Dearest One!!p. 39
If There Be Pain...p. 41
Things That Make Hearts Breakp. 43
Black Womanp. 45
And Still I Love Up. 47
The Mutual Heartache?p. 49
1st Impressionsp. 51
A Love Unspokenp. 53
Forever and Todayp. 55
When I Do Kiss Up. 57
Carmencita of the Bronx!p. 59
Untitledp. 61
Love Is Just Complicatedp. 63
Elizabethp. 65
I Know My Heart Has Lied Beforep. 67
From First Glancep. 69
1 for Aprilp. 71
Wife 4 Lifep. 73
Tears from a Starp. 75
March 1st--The Day After Aprilp. 77
Why Must U Be Unfaithfulp. 79
The Power of a Smilep. 81
Genesis (The Rebirth of My Heart)p. 83
Love Within a Stormp. 85
What Can I Offer Her?p. 87
Jadap. 89
The Tears in Cupid's Eyesp. 91
Cupid's Smile IIp. 93
What I See!p. 95
In the Midst of Passionp. 97
2 People with 1 Wishp. 99
Hours Pass Byp. 101
Just a Breath of Freedom
Just a Breath of Freedomp. 105
For Mrs. Hawkinsp. 107
The Sun and the Moonp. 109
"Fallen Star"p. 111
Government Assistance or My Soulp. 113
Family Treep. 115
Or My Soulp. 117
When Ure Hero Fallsp. 119
Untitledp. 121
"U R Ripping Us Apart !!!"p. 123
A River That Flows Foreverp. 125
Can U C the Pride in the Pantherp. 127
Tears of a Teenage Motherp. 129
"Where There Is a Will...."p. 131
Liberty Needs Glasses
Liberty Needs Glassesp. 135
How Can We Be Freep. 137
The Promisep. 139
And 2morrowp. 141
No-Winp. 143
The Unanswerable?p. 145
Nightmaresp. 147
So I Say Goodbyep. 149
In the Event of My Demisep. 150

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