Hello my name is Armando, however, I go by the nickname of deftly speaking. Simply because when i recite a poem, i am crafty enough to paint with words as opposed to just saying them, an example: I will fish for thee in a sea full of stars in hopes of reeling in an unfound planet ...and name it after you grace! I am under the tutilege of Dr.Quentin Carter, a poetry and literature teacher who taught for 26 years at the University of Denver Colorado before joining Solano Community College. He taught Gary Thompson, who was published in many anthologies and also the current Suisun Valley Review magazine in which my poem : Hands gently shudder Even the thunders quiet You stroke me deafly (was published) Mr.Thompson is a renowned poet who also learned under the wings of deceased professor Quinton Duvall who he himself was a distinguished poet. I am raising money to publish a book of 40 poems, to honor my mentor's confidence in me. Only the already reviewed, approved and critiqed poems will grace the page of such book. I want to prove it to me and those who don't believe in me that a Pulitzer prize IS possible and IS reachable. Nothing and no one is strong enough to "defer my dreams" in words of Langston Hughes. I am the champion and commander of my own mortality, therefore, i shall cast my own shadow and follow no one else's footsteps. I want to be better than my forefathers. I do admire and greatly appreciate the likes of Sonia Sanchez, e.e. cummings, Percy Byshee Shelley and Robert Frost. I am seeking $2500 so that i can get published in a good company such as Persea books or Author's House. Plus the order of copies, the copyright registration, the ISBN number, professional reviews and post production marketing. People should get involved because every donation will receive a hand signed book either paperback or hardback. You should also get involved because it provides you the reader a look into the life of future Pulitzer prize winner.