It has been said that the poet is the conscience and voice of the poet’s people. In this collection the griot-style poet renders a wide range of poems employing the imaging of metaphoric inspirational and allegorical messaging poetry of the survival story of African American generations. Theme focus is on those generations who survived the Middle Passage of the triangular slave trade; the nearly 5 centuries of slavery itself; post- emancipation Jim Crow America with its centuries of lynch-style oppression; the Civil Rights Movement; and those who are still here surviving present-day American racisms that still remain, despite the generational gains that have been made. As in the words of the poet himself, “This collection is indeed a poetic saga of ourstory in American history; designed to enlighten and inspire actions to bring reality to those ideals the founding fathers penned in the preamble and constitution of the American nation.”
Come and journey with the poet over the many “middle passages” of the wrinkled historical ocean of “navel” people sojourning to the shores of complete liberation in an America whose founding ideal was that of being a nation in which all of God’s people were created equal and deserving of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.