American Hip Hop artist, Nas, penned the lyrics, “If I ruled the world, I’d free all my sons.” Poet and author, Latorial Faison, attempts to do just that in this passionately resounding collection of her most prolific poems to date.
With Mother to Son, Faison reminds all, especially her own sons to whom the book is dedicated, why we must rise above our greatest tragedies, our deepest pains. We can’t give up this fight that is so increasingly laced with inner conflict, foundational challenges, systemic racism, social injustice, and inequality; we must stand up, rise up, and realize every possibility.
Faison paints a lyrical picture that the urgency is still now. These 40 poems render a glimpse into the tumultuous life experiences that have caused this poet to evolve. Readers will gain a sense of those primary, yet pivotal moments that often become the very foundations on which we stand.
Recalling the words, ideas, and the spirits of literary icons, such as Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Lucille Clifton, Maya Angelou, and Amiri Baraka, Faison rhythmically galvanizes readers to hope, to resilience, to faith, to achievement, to sankofa. Every now and then a book comes along that changes the way we see our world and helps to fuel social change. Mother to Son is a march on humanity, a poetic protest, a profoundly lyrical plea, a storytelling that draws us all to the intersection of race, gender, and politics in America.
Mothers, sons, and daring readers the world over— all will find the boldness and passion with which Faison pens this analysis of life as she’s experienced it both moving and stirring. This book is complete with wisdom and a very rich heritage of the contributions and the legacy Africans have created in America. It sings freedom song after freedom song to a tune that readers are sure to both embrace and lift their voices. Mother to Son is a must-read; it’s uplifting and ushers readers into a renewed or continued sense of purpose, responsibility, and self-worth.
Faison has penned a collection that is stunning, valuable, and profoundly necessary. This book is a mother to son, woman to mankind "call to action."
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