-Russell Thorburn, author of Father, Tell Me I Have Not Aged and Somewhere We'll Leave the World
These poems-confrontations that bore into racism's social psychology and its scrutable core-contemplate just how innocence is caught and shred to bits in a masquerade of ostentatious courtesy that disguises a crass, vulgar cruelty and a vicious bigotry. In this powerful new book, Morgan unmasks this incivility. From the seemingly neutralized persons represented in these empathetic poems-particularly Ulee, the janitor who functions as Morgan's audience surrogate-we hear the voices of the horrified and the oppressed seeking authentic conference, fair assemblage, and claim.
-Ken Meisel, author of Mortal Lullabies and Our Common Souls: New & Selected Poems of Detroit