Alma Mater: A Series for the People

Alma Mater is a series that celebrates the universities of the United States through poetry. Kirkus Reviews has described the series as “A thoroughly unique project” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” I see it as a project that reaches out to millions. Whether college alums, current undergrads, or those who seek to learn more about the country itself or maybe just have a love for poetry. I believe this series has the makings to cross boundaries and go beyond just the genre of poetry.

This series is more than about celebrating life in each of the featured institution. It is about celebrating life itself. Each university covered is but a snapshot of the bigger picture: The capture and embrace of youth, education, beauty, love, and what indeed, what makes each geographic location and specific university special. This is not just a book for college students, and it’s not even just a book for poetry lovers, it is a book for anyone who wants to explore through the eyes of someone else. To see what they see. To live what they live, and to learn more about the human experience as undergone by others around the world.

The final volume of Alma Mater is AVAILABLE NOW! Inside you will find a massive collection of 100 poems celebrating the best universities in the southland. You can preview and purchase Alma Mater Vol. 4 below:

You can also find the link to the entire four-volume collection below as well:

Lastly, be sure to follow ClydeAidoo.com to read many pieces from the Alma Mater series shared right here on the website!

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Avalanche

“Cut me open and tell me what’s inside
Diagnose me ’cause I can’t keep wondering why
And no it’s not a phase ’cause it happens all the time
Start over, check again, now tell me what you find” – Bring Me the Horizon

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Amnesia

“This is it
Your only one moment in time
Don’t be afraid to ever love
Lest the roses it the stone
This is it
Your only one moment in time
Release your grip
Don’t roll your eyes
Take a breath
Life should be touched not choked to death” – Red Sun Rising

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Difference Maker

“Yeah, isn’t it amazing how a man can find himself alone
Call into the darkness for an answer that he’s never known
Yeah, isn’t it amazing how God can take a broken man
Yeah, let him find a fortune, let him ruin it with his own two hands

“And he climbs on up the hill on the rock on which he stands
He looks back at the crowd
He looks down at his hands and he says
I am a difference maker”

#Art

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Every Breaking Wave

“Every sailor knows that the sea
Is a friend made enemy
And every shipwrecked soul knows what it is
To live without intimacy” -U2

#Art

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Young Love

“Your daddy thought I was wrong for you,
Thinking back your mom did too
Two wrongs never felt so right
It was written in the stars, for two young and wild at hearts.” – Kip Moore

#Art

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The Phoenix

“You know time crawls on when you’re waiting for the song to start
So dance along to the beat of your heart”

#Art

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Easy

This might be the best quarantine-themed song I’ve heard since the pandemic.

Make it easy, all you couples out there.

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Dust to Dust

“Let me in the wall, you’ve built around
And we can light a match and burn them down
And let me hold your hand and dance ’round and ’round the flames
In front of us
Dust to dust”

#Art

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The Evergreen State Poem (Alma Mater Vol 3: The West)

*The Evergreen State College*

This is the college of the Evergreen State,
Where rain and Geoducks make the crops rotate,
A hotbed where contemplative minds collaborate,
And professors are known to be of the first rate.

Yes, this is the college called the Evergreen State,
Trees and Green far too wide to numerate,
Leave no regrets, now, before it’s too late,
Let it all Hang starting from the first date.

Let it all go, these four years will not wait,
Free is the trait of the Evergreen State.

You can find the link to the entire four-volume collection of Alma Mater below!

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