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Southern Poetic Flava with the American Poet Darren B. Rankins

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Photobucket Darren B. Rankins was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is one of seven children. He began writing poetry in the sixth grade. He attended Middle Tennessee State University, where he took part in his first poetry slam in 1994. Darren began to submit his poetry to newspapers and magazines and has been published in the Nashville Banner and Daily News Journal, as well as chapbooks and poetry books across the country. Darren’s passion for writing has given him the opportunity to share his beliefs with others in the form of a successful Christian T-shirt ministry. The shirts are designed with a combination of original poems, beautiful graphics, and timely Bible verses. Darren loved writing as a hobby, but wanted to have a greater effect on people. He started his own business, called Pure Thoughts, in 1995 to sell his products and expand his circle of influence. He has sold or donated over 6000 t-shirts worldwide. He has contributed to various charities such as the Salvation Army and Feed the Children, as well as many local causes. He truly believes in continually seeking knowledge from others and takes part in group studies in several area churches. He is seeking to find a better way to love himself and others around him. He is able to share the knowledge he receives in the new designs he creates and the poems he writes. He has participated in book signings and public speaking engagements, and has been interviewed on the radio. He enjoys speaking about Pure Thoughts and reciting his poetry whenever he is given the opportunity. Darren is very pleased with the success of his first three books, Pure Thoughts, Volume 1-3.