Marvin X just released his
book of essays on consciousness,
Religion, Toward Spirituality.
from Black Bird Press, 11132 Nelson Bar Road, Cherokee
CA 95965. 280 pages, $19.95.
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Marvin X has done extraordinary mind and soul work in
bringing our attention to the importance of
spirituality, as opposed to religion, in our daily
living. Someone—maybe Kierkegaard or maybe it was George
Fox who—said that there was no such thing as
"Christianity." There can only be Christians. It is not
institutions but rather individuals who make the
meaningful differences in our world. It is not Islam but
Muslims. Not Buddhism but Buddhists. Marvin X has made a
courageous difference. In this book he shares the
wondrous vision of his spiritual explorations. His
eloquent language and rhetoric are varied—sophisticated but also earthy,
sometimes both at once. His moods are both reverent and
irreverent: at times he consoles, other times cajoles
with biting mockery. At times amusing but always deadly
Highly informed he speaks to many societal levels and to
both genders—to the
intellectual as well as to the man/woman on the street or the
unfortunate in prison—to the mind as well as the heart.
His topics range from global politics and economics to
those between men and women in their household. Common
sense dominates his thought. He shuns political
correctness for the truth of life. He is a Master
Teacher in many fields of thought—religion and
psychology, sociology and anthropology, history and
politics, literature and the humanities. He is a needed
Counselor, for he knows himself, on the deepest of
personal levels and he reveals that self to us, that we
might be his beneficiaries.
All of which
are represented in his Radical Spirituality—a balm for
those who anguish in these troubling times of
disinformation. As a shaman himself, he calls too for a
Radical Mythology to override the traditional mythologies of
racial supremacy that foster war and injustice. It's a
dangerous book, for it reveals the inner workings of
capitalist and imperialist governments around the world.
It's a book that stands with and on behalf of the poor,
the dispossessed, the despised, and downtrodden.
Marvin X has found a way out of our spiritual morass,
our material quagmire. We are blessed to still have him
among us. If you
want to reshape (clean up, raise) your consciousness, this is a
book to savor, to read again, and again—to pass onto a
friend or lover.
Lewis, Editor, ChickenBones: A Journal
Preface, Joy and Happiness, Work
Reconciliation, Health, Elders
Women, Men, Youth
Children, Sex, Solitude
Blessings, Music, Writing
Africa, Love, Partner Violence
Prison, Street Violence, Pimpin
Rap, Jerusalem, Teacher, Myth
Militant, Language, Nature,
Global Violence, Sectarianism
Technology, Ancestors, Death
History, Future, Polygamy
Polyandry, Prostitution, Nukes
Religion, Sufi, Prayer, Radical God
Ritual, Drugs, Family, Marriage
Education, Gay/Lesbian, HIV/AIDS
Art, Traumatic Stress, Poverty
Black Bourgeoisie, Media, Panther
Peace, Politics, Immigration, Land
Holy Joes, Sovereignty, Democracy
Fascism, Amnesty, Capitalism, Americas
Berkeley, Condi, Chinaman's Chance
Paris Burning, Sudan, London Bridges
Welcome to Mexi-Cali, Pan Africa
Evil, Tookie Williams, Fathers and Daughters
Why I Talk With Cows, Jesus, Pharaoh's Egypt
Death Angel, When Jazz Ain't Jazz, BAM at
Lucy Is Coming, One
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Marvin X is available
for lecture/readings. Write to him at
email@example.com, or 11132 Nelson Bar
Road, Cherokee CA 95965. Call 510-472-9589
Marvin X Reports on East Coast Tour, 2007
FOUR BOOKS BY MARVIN X
Buy Three, Get One
Marvin X on YouTube
Coming East: Marvin X will be on the east coast during the month of April promoting
his latest book,
Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality accompanied by Elliot Bey on keyboard.
Sonia Sanchez will host a party for him in
he will read and sign books at Robins Book
Store, Philly, 7pm.
he will be in Newark at Amiri Baraka's
house, 808 St. Tenth St., 6 pm.
Suninleo.com will host party in Brooklyn
(tentative). BLACK BIRD PRESS, POB 1317,
PARADISE CA 95967 / $19.95 / 510-472-9589
firstname.lastname@example.org / 718.496.2305
Marvin X Table
Review by Nzina
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Marvin X is the USA’s Rumi…He’s
got the humor of Pietri, the politics of Baraka, and the
spiritual Muslim grounding that is totally new in
ecstasy of Hafiz, the wisdom of Saadi….
—Bob Holman, Bowery Poetry Club, New York
Still the undisputed king of
Hare, Black Think Tank
Declaring Muslim American
literature as a field of study is valuable because by
re-contextualizing it will add another layer of
attention to Marvin X’s incredibly rich body of work.
Muslim American literature begins with Marvin X. (Note:
The University of California , Berkeley , Bancroft
Library, recently acquired the archives of Marvin X.)
—Dr. Mohja Kahf, Dept. of English &
Middle East & Islamic Studies,University
of Arkansas, Fayetteville
In terms of modernist and
innovative, he’s centuries ahead of anybody I know.
Moore, Brecht Forum, New York
Marvelous Marvin X!
West, Princeton University
Courageous and outrageous! He
walked through the muck and mire of hell and came out
clean as white fish and black as coal.
Sweeney, Oakland CA
His writing is orgasmic!
Jeremiah, I presume.
He’s Plato teaching on the
streets of Oakland. His play One Day In the Life
is the most powerful drama I’ve seen.
One of the founders and
innovators of the revolutionary school of African
He laid the foundation and
gave us the language to express Black male urban
experiences in a lyrical way.
—James G. Spady,
Philadelphia New Observer
An outspoken critic of
American economic, social and cultural discrimination of
African Americans at home and Third World peoples
—Dr. Julius E.
Thompson, African American
Although Marvin X emerged from
an extremely politicized era and enthusiastically
confronted the issues of the day, his work is basically
personal and religious and remains most effective on
that level. It should remain relevant long after issues
are resolved, if ever, and long after slogans and
polemics are forgotten.
Dept. of English, University of Houston, Texas
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posted 29 October 2006 / updated 12