PJ Turner is a poet, a mentor, a partner, and an inspiration. His passion for poetry began while attending high school in Mobile, Alabama and continued while he attended the University of West Alabama.
He first aspired to become a rap artist, but after exploring that option (and the high costs of production and other potential roadblocks), PJ changed direction and decided to express himself as a spoken word artist.
PJ is the president of the Pensacola/Mobile chapter of Black on Black Rhyme. The program offers writing workshops to young poets. Mentees are encouraged to participate in community outreach programs at churches and prisons, as well as private sector businesses and events. Mentors also organize college visits for young people in the program. The goal is to keep talented youth engaged in using their talents in a positive way.
Poets often identify with subject matter. Some focus on social issues, spiritual exploration, or matters of the heart. PJ says his poetry is relationship inspired. He explores personal relationships and how people relate to each other.
PJ met Alexis while performing at Lux Sosis (The Event Room in Fort Walton Beach), where Alexis works as a hair designer. It was love that enticed him away from Mobile and to his current home in Fort Walton Beach. They now share their love and lives with the newest member of their family, three-month-old Joriyuh.
You can experience PJ at Lucky’s Rotten Apple in Destin Nov. 13. Black on Black Rhyme will host a Step 2 Da Mic event on Nov. 10 at Architexture Salon in Mobile.
For more information about PJ Turner or Black on Black Rhyme, email email@example.com. You can also find him on Facebook (truholidayseason and blackonblackrhymemobile) and Instagram (@entirely2tru and @step2damic_poets).
POETRY BY PJ TURNER
My lady often tells me I am a perfectionist
meanwhile boasting a calm complexity perplexing her as to what my ultimate desires are
that truth hurts like a hammer
hitting the nail on the head
like it had to penetrate my skin to pierce my pride and I
often can argue when she tells me about myself
and she has done it so many times you’d think I wouldn’t be so hard on me
when she bears witness to the shortcomings I have been trying to fix before she was able to see
who i am
was miserable trying to live up to the man that I am going to be
but this perfectionist has since become wise enough to see the only thing that could ever be perfect is time
how it ushers in destiny
puts fate on display
takes you where you need to go even though you been trying to stay
she probably can’t see
that I reap the misfortunes of inheritance of generational curses then cursed with the inability to see
my faith as it was recreated in her womb
the baby center says that at four weeks
she is nurturing an embryo the size of a mustard seed
and proof that my faith is never too small to be tested
the day i stared down the barrel of a pregnancy
positive that plus sign perpetuates the purpose of cross hairs
picking off the unworthy
one fearful father at a time
arms so weak it was almost too heavy for me to hold
as it bared the weight of one too many lines and increased hormones
and in that instant
a collision of my past insecurities and my future’s what ifs
exploded and overshadowed the existence of this life we have created and blessing
that a lot of people pray for
and as we pray for
those who boost the statistic of teenage pregnancy i realize
there are 20-plus-year-old babies having babies every day and I was about to become one of them
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