Poetry. African American Studies. Tracie Morris has held Championship Titles in both the Nuyorican Grand Slam and the National Haiku Slam. Across these United States of Poetry, she is one of the most unforgettable, improvisational, harmelodic poets working today: "Drawn to what I like/ Can a deer stop headlights?/ Power is blinding" ("The Current Color"). These short pieces are street smart as well as book smart, at once visionary and down-to-earth. "Tracie Morris is a step into the next century, the verse of the new millennium in sight" (Miguel Algarin).