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.
About the Author
Culminating with the international success of The Polished Hoe in 2002, Austin Clarke has published ten novels, six short story collections, three memoirs, and one poetry collection. He has won numerous prizes, including the Rogers Communications Writers? Development Trust Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Prize, and a Toronto Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.