The poems in Red, White, and Blues reflect our collective memoryfrom icons of pop culture to national disasters and times of unrest. Yet they are not simply reflections of the headline news or political diatribes of the day; instead, they provide roadmaps of American historyroadmaps of where we've been, who we are, and where we're going as a nation.
Poets as diverse as Martin Espada and Paisley Rekdal, J. P. Dancing Bear and Vivian Shipley seek to answer questions that resonate within the heart of our national identitywhat does it mean to be an American? What is the American Dream? How does one define patriotism? Regardless of ethnicity, gender, or class, each poet's answer to such questions proves that our experiences unite us more than they divide us.
Red, White, and Blues is an ambitious collection of the finest contemporary poetry on the subject of America and the indefatigable spirit of its citizens. Its poems don't pull punches, nor do they celebrate without cause. They show spirit and excitement, outrage and joy, solemnity and ambiguityall reflections of our wonderfully diverse nation.