Anita R. Tobin


Northeast · Glenville · Poetry

A marginalized dream
Another lifecycle.
My home place
30 years in the not so distant future.
A neighborhood will grow
A call to its multifaceted heritage.
As proud as we are now
We’ll be just as proud then
Thumping pulse of the city beneath our feet.
Beats on the streets of my neighborhood.
We produce career prodigies
Mathematics, science, music, writers and athletics.
A picture of joyous unity.
A well rounded environment built from rubble
Blood will no longer stain the streets
Fathers and Mothers will no longer be ripped from the arms of the ones they love
For non-existent crimes and misdemeanors
We will be the free radicals
As we approach the precipice
New age mentality
Lessons from the renaissance will reign
As we ring out
Minds full and bodies prepared
Ready to fulfill their purpose
New freeways
Bus transport through the city
Glenville will be so pretty.

Anita R. Tobin

Anita R. Tobin is a Cleveland poet, born and raised in the Glenville neighborhood. She began writing at the age of eleven years old. Her passion is education through hip-hop culture. She attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and graduated with a degree in African-American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Sociology. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she continues to work on her passion projects with her longtime organization Hip Hop Congress. Cleveland lives forever in Anita’s heart as she continues to work within nonprofit and hip-hop culture.


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