Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review of "Black Laws" by Roger Reeves

"Black Laws" by Roger Reeves, and assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on November 11, 2013.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23749?utm_source=PAD%3A+Black+Laws+by+Roger+Reeves&utm_campaign=poemaday_111113&utm_medium=email

The poem takes the form of a kind of rant in black ghetto dialect.  The title helps the reader to prepare for the overt theme of social injustice as perceived by a black American.  The poem ends with a veiled reference to the death of Trayvon Martin and the poet's fear that he might be next.

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