“Mind Muscle”

Author: Melvin “Chief” Lars

Intriguingly challenging, “Mind Muscle” is not your ordinary poetry, it has been often referred to as “conversational” dialect; and respectfully said to be, comparable to the world’s greatest poets ‘in the persons of; Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou.


It has an intrinsic awakening that invokes the reader to not only “converse” with the author, but prompts the reader to “employ” a proverbial ‘third’ eye!


“Mind Muscle”, juxtaposes; thought, process, anger, joy, confusion and sensationalism, simultaneously…!


Six (6) of many Testimonials/Reviews

 “Mind Muscle” conveys to the reader deep wells of inspiration. Each piece is thoughtful and well-written. These poems are powerful, strong (like a Maya Angelou or Langston Hughes even). Dr. Mattie J. Mosley, Professor Library Science; Louisiana State University – Shreveport, La.


Mind Muscle is unique in that the poems are thought provoking and covers a wide spectrum of reality that is written in an entertaining format. Dr. Larry C. Daniels; Director, David Raines Medical Center and clinical Professor, Louisiana State University Medical Center.


I found Mind Muscle to truly be "a Poet's Song to 'The Keys of Life'."

   Mr. Lars' poems are thought provoking – providing intense thought, self analysis, and analysis of mindsets, actions and societal trends.  At the same time, the writings are enjoyable, entertaining and touching.
His writings also come from the heart, exemplifying the kind-hearted,
caring and world-saving individual that he truly is.

There is advice for everyone to be found within his touching Mind Muscle Poetry.

 Patricia S. Johnson, Ed.D.

Pat Piazza: English instructor, Counselor, Evangel Academy

Melvin, I really enjoyed your book, although I must admit, it was really hard to read. I’ve always had a lot of respect for you; I have even more respect for you know. It had to have been difficult to deal with all of the things that you guys had to endure. I can’t imagine having had to go through that. It brought memories of my dad, he used to own a grocery store too and he made sure that the vegetables were fresh and that people were fed even though some of them could not pay. What a great book, everyone should read it.

I loved it. Some parts were difficult to read because they were such painful times. Makes me admire you even more. The part about the grocery store owner was awful but made me proud of my dad. He had ticket books for families and always let them charge their groceries. Thanks again for sharing your remarkable story!  Pat Piazza; Academic counselor, Evangel Academy, Shreveport, La.

Shawana Taylor

Employee, Goodwill Industries of Shreveport, La.

Mr. Lars,

I just want to thank you for sharing this amazing book with me and millions of others. Just when I felt like giving up and throwing in the towel, I read your book and it gave me the strength to keep going.

Your love and faith for God is so strong, until I felt it myself as I read your book.

Through it all you kept the faith and you held on to God’s unchanging hand and I just want to thank you…, keep doing what you are doing and be blessed!

Dr. Milton L. McGrew; Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Benton, La:

Man…, I love your book; I never knew all of that about you and how you've persevered throughout your life. I can hardly put it down; I’m almost through reading it. I’m gone give it to my daughter to read after I finish, she really needs to read it. Man that book is good; I am really enjoying it…!

Jeremiah “Rev” Coleman:

Chief, this is a powerful book man; we have a genius right here among us. The way you express things and make it so clear is amazing. I usually don’t read much, but man…; I have a hard time putting your book down. This book should do very well, If a guy like me that don’t read much is smitten, I know people that read a lot will enjoy it.

Minister Melvin Lars’