As a child, poet Erika Abbott recognized the struggles of disabled kids at her school. She therefore became an advocate, the ringleader of the disabled posse, but as she grew, she realized people are not always just physically disabled-many of us hide emotional, spiritual, and psychological disabilities, as well.
Porgy's Revenge is a collection of Abbott's sometimes dark, sometimes funny poems that strike at the imagination as well as modern day politics. She blends literary references with show tunes and urban landscapes. The reader is called to see the colorful world-and the miracle of life-with fresh eyes.
Abbott is more than a winder of words; she is a storyteller. She bites back against “Ugly Laws” that would persecute the diseased, maimed, or mutilated. She recalls the magic of music in poems like “Pippin” and “War.” Her imagery haunts, as does her message-one that readers will not soon forget, even once the collection is closed.
Death & Passion is a fine art poetry book addressing two grand topics. Deaths occur in our lives everyday…the big ones and the smaller deaths of life. Often the ways we deal with disappointments and grief are intertwined with our passions which can literally save us. Through the stories of Reese’s poetry and the visions of Dale’s exquisite photography this book invites the reader to enter into these subjects and reflect on their own deaths and passions with a broader view.