Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Abdul Ali Asks the Tough Questions
Here's a short excerpt:
The poems about race, and especially about how race often played itself out on the streets of my childhood, were very difficult to write, very vulnerable, very scary... It took me many, many years and drafts to write and complete these poems and to feel OK about putting them out in the world.
You can order the book at http://www.wordworksdc.com/ and read the poems that finally emerged from all that work...
I hope we're not right about the city... but look at Paris - most of the working-class people and people of color live in the grim inner suburbs. Sigh. Is that where we're headed? Can we have an impact?
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