Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope
This is a small but mighty book. It is a very powerful litany against the toll of white supremacy, everything from taking a knee to taking a bullet. It is a miracle that the poet in just one thousand words can be so incredibly moving. The graphics are beautiful and add impact to the words. The book was designed by Sindiso Nyoni who underlines the power of the words without distraction. These poems are, by design, a meditation into the dynamics of race. They literally take my breath away in their forcefulness. He says the names of the murdered young people. His words are like a church refrain or a hymn crying out for justice.
This is the first time I have read this poet and I look forward to learning more about his work and his publishing unit, Versify, which attempts to change the world, one word at a time. This is well worth adding to one’s library and reading it through many, many times.
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