Foreword Reviews

Bastards of the Reagan Era

2015 INDIES Winner
Gold, Poetry (Adult Nonfiction)

The poet Raymond Patterson once asked “But who can conceive / Of cities lost in a blackman?” That’s what these poems are about: what does it mean to be nearly broken by something you love? These poems question an incongruous America: “A black boy says sorbet / is one thing—a black boy says get the fuck out the car is quite another.” We see the city as distant lover, and we hear “the sound that comes from all / the hurt & want that leads a man to turn his back to the world.”