Touré’s sophomore collection 2 Parts Oxygen is a weighty tribute to family roots, the miraculous privilege of fatherhood, and Islam in Black America. Each poem bears its own load and masterfully ushers the reader in to Toure’s house of words, stories, and intricate lives. It is a thoughtful celebration of joy in the midst of a chaotic era.
Regarded by Hip Hop artist Black Thought as the “Amiri Baraka of our time,” Tariq Touré is the soul stirring Baltimore born Muslim griot, whose poetry and prose carries ages wisdom in each letter. Touré’s debut collection of poems, Black Seeds, blitzed through the core of inequality, and proxy war on Black communities in America, winning Best Poetry book of Baltimore in 2016.
His poems graced the pages of NAACP image award nominated book A Beautiful Ghetto by heralded photojournalist Devin Allen. In 2017, Touré summoned one of the most powerful oral depictions of the contradictions and conflicts surrounding NFL players and their right to free speech with his Al Jazeera produced poem, For the Love of The Game. The viral poem garnered the praise of civil rights icons such as Omar Suleiman.
Praise for 2 Parts Oxygen
Two Parts Oxygen is an emotional tour de force - resonating on a cellular
level, because it is honest, raw and unflinchingly authentic. Each poem calls
the reader to close one’s eyes, inhale, slowly exhale and give thanks - Ameen,
- Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad
Tariq Touré’s 2 Part Oxygen is both breathtaking and breath-giving in the
same moment. From the very first poem I began sinking deeply into both his
and my own consciousness, gasping for air but refusing to resurface before
retrieving the gems buried within these pages.
Masterful. Meticulous. Memorable.
- Youssef Kromah
Every time I hear Tariq speak, I hear myself but expressed in ways my tongue
is incapable of capturing. Tariq isn’t just an artist, he’s a vessel.
- Imam Omar Suleiman
Tariq Touré doesn't skim over the painful but in a brilliant way pulls us out our
darknesses. 2 Parts Oxygen is a soothing revelation.
- Upile Chisala