Urban Haiku: A View From the Edge takes the classic Haiku form to the gritty, "real talk" precipice where it has seldom gone before. Yes, the classic lines of 5-7-5 syllables is now not for the faint of heart. This hard hitting collection of 400 Haiku read like verses to expose and expound upon the real life perceptions that make up the daily reality of not just the inner-city experience, but will also give a glimpse of others as they see the world.
There can be NO conversation on race relations in America without a handbook like this to first understand the prevalent perceptions and reality of those within that conversation!
Be careful, if you stand too close to the edge and you may view someone you know... or maybe even see ourselves!
This collection includes 4 Chapters of 100 Urban Haiku verses each, with inspiration from events between 2013 through the turmoil of the 2016 U.S. election night. You'll also find some very personal verses as well plus a few verses some might find a little on the bizarre and wacky side. Excerpts:
1.0 SPRING - Reflections and a Glimpse of Alternate Reality
Why have we become
Nation under surveillance?
Friends keep evidence
2.0 SUMMER - Race Bait, Institutionalized Hate, in a Police State
The rockets' red glare
No busting caps in the air
Let's stop this nightmare
3.0 FALL - Politics, Lies and the Extremists that Troll Us
Pigs seen with jet packs
Sporting "Rock the Vote" T-Shirts
Lightning just struck twice
4.0 WINTER - Wars, Rumors of Wars, Environmental Suicide, and The Watchers Just Shake Their Heads
Leaders like Bigfoot
We're all here looking for you
About the Author:
M. Dewayne Thompson is an under the radar poet, song writer, activist and student of behavioral observation. Here he introduces his Haiku genre debut; installment one of his planned "Urban Haik
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.23(d)|