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|Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
|A m a z i n g. Sad and frustrated as you must have been while
writing the poem -- angry? --, you kept it simple. Yherein lies its power. By choosing a few perfect words, you have
created a masterpiece that could move a heart of stone. Those that are not moved are robots! Write ON!! 'Pea' <3
|Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
|Yes, you are "one, too"...Anthony...and in God's eyes (as you know so well) we are all the same color at heart. This is a fine piece of poetry.
I see your son has now joined the Den. He is good...but then again, what can one expect? I popped into the Den after a long absence taken to publish a few books...but may return one of these days. Had fun visiting here.
|Reviewed by Nordette Adams
|A passionate write, Anthony, that I'm sure will resonate with people concerned about some of our black men who've embraced corroded values. I like how you stated at the end that you are one too. This prevents the poem from being an "us-them" write, thick with condemnation, and reveals that the heart of the poet is with (in prayer/in the trenches) his fellow man in the struggle to overcome poverty of spirit and to rise to his rightful place of honor from which he honors the ancestors, his family, himself, and God.
As you may know, I already have a link to one of your other poems on my Kings and Kindreds page.. :-) ~~Nordette