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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Speakeasy with poet Aerle Taree

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Aerle Taree has accomplished quite a deal throughout her career. In the early ’90s, Taree won two Grammys and several other prestigious awards with musical group Arrested Development for hits such as “Tennessee.” An avid humanitarian, she supports various charities and foundations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She’s also written four books and recorded a spoken-word album called PoeTaree: All She Wrote. These days, you can find the Atlantan managing her entertainment company Reality Writings Inc., and promoting her new book of poems, PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life.

What was your inspiration for writing PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life?

I was on tour when I wrote this book. I was going through a lot of things. When you’re on tour, it’s the fast life. You travel from city to city constantly. There’s partying and drinking everywhere. And even though I was surrounded by people, I was lonely. People wanted to go out, and party and I was saving money to buy a house. I was moving in a different direction in my life. It was just a reflection of how I was feeling when I was with the group.

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