Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All. . .
"Offend!" contemporary African American writer Jamaica Kincaid boldly advises Black writers, while Ralph Waldo Emerson almost one hundred and fifty years ago advised: "Speak the rude truth in all its ways."
That is what these political poems do, some of which are admittedly experimental. They expose many of the glaring inconsistencies between some of America's cherished slogans, such as: "liberty and justice for all", "truth", "equality", and the harsh realities of life here for millions of America's minority members, her poor, and her homeless.
If you are a member of one of America's "less favored" minorities-particularly an African American, do not want comfortable, disengaged, safe poetry about majestic sunsets, cute pond frogs or rhododendrons,and are either politically engaged or at least acutely aware of America's continuing patterns of social injustice, then these poems are definitely for you!