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In Your Crib
Guernica Editions, Spring 2015
62 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771830201
ISBN10: 1771830204
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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Two black men: the poet, an elder and veteran of last century's civil rights movement; and a nameless youth, swaggering and beltless, seduced by guns-and-gangs and expensive cars, and perpetually targeted by police. They are brothers by the colour of their skin, neighbours in the same “crib,” yet separated by a lifetime of experience. Invoking memories of his personal encounters with leaders like Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and Amiri Baraka, the poet berates his heir for dropping the torch, and regrets his own failure to protect, inspire and speak out on the young man's behalf. In the tradition of Bob Marley's “Redemption Song,” In Your Crib is a lyrical plea, both indictment and lamentation, and a powerful account of the ongoing struggle for racial equality.
You shall go then, into the storming winter / with no armament of friend nor guide. / The Benz shall, in a miracle of engineering, / drive you clean / into the hands / of the Law.

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