Falling through the Crack

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Xlibris Corporation, May 21, 2008 - Poetry - 117 pages
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Falling Through the Crack is more than a book of poems; it is a book about African Americans living, loving, crying and dying in this place called America.It is about the struggle of a proud and strong race of people who survived the inhumane period of that ́peculiar institution ́ the world knows as the enslavement of people of African descent. It is also about the pain that we, as African Americans, have inflicted on ourselves with our community ́s proliferation of drugs, guns, homicides and immoral/criminal behaviors. It is about the epidemic level of incarceration that is wreaking havoc on family stabilization.It is about the thousands of young,dead, black boys who died at the hands of those thousands of imprisoned young,black men. It is about the ́lost young men ́ of yet another generation. This book, the life ́s work of the author, is also a factual, eyewitnessed account to the old,southern way of dealing with racism, Jim Crowism, segregation and lynchings and the effect these events had on both black and white America. Experience the pain, and the pride, emanating from poems such as ́Four Little Girls, (that records the murder of four innocent girls in that famous church bombing) to, ́This is my Country ́, a poem that shows how embedded the free and enslaved Africans were in the first fabrics of this former English Colony and newly independent country; and ́Southern Style Bar-b-cue ́, the sad and brutual documentation of a KKK lynching of a black man by fire (as witnessed by an innocent nine year old white child). The pages of this book will take you, the readers, on a fantastic literary journey that will educate, enlighten, frustrate, engage and motivate you to learn more about the many people of African descent who help to build, through both stolen and freedmen ́s labor, this great nation of ours. Take a moment to click the excerpt bar at the bottom of this page to read seven randomly selected poems from the book. There are over 110 poems of various subjects and situations. I am sure you will find at least one or two that will cause you to reflect, celebrate or ponder. Enjoy! This book can be ordered from the Xlibris Bookstore profiled to the left of this information. Thank you for your support.Emails are welcomed at bjgrant2004@aol.com. Betty Jean Grant, Poet/Author. PostScript: A special thank you to Joseph Illuzzi of ́politicsny.net ́, out of Buffalo, New York for the technical support and words of encouragement!
 

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Contents

FOUR LITTLE GIRLS
9
SPENDING MONEY
22
THE GAME OF LIFE
35
STAND
42
MARY MACK ON CRACK
55
A WORD
68
SUFFER THE CHILDREN
81
PRINCE OF PLEASURE
94
TRUST
107
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Betty Jean Grant, a native of Tennessee, has made Buffalo, New York her home since 1970. She is a county legislator, former city councilmember, school board member and elementary school teacher. Although Betty Jean has had a successful career in politics, her first love is writing and reading poetry. Langston Hughes remains her favorite poet. This book, 'Falling Through The Crack', is her first published book. She lives with her husband George and is the mother of three daughters and has three wonderful grandchildren.

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