Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise (Paperback)

Detroit Poems

By Esperanza Cintron

Stockport Flats, 9780991187812, 102pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2014

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Poetry. African American Studies. Latin American Studies. Esperanza Cintron's VISIONS OF A POST-APOCALYPTIC SUNRISE: DETROIT POEMS begins "to the strains of B. B. King's 'The Thrill is Gone'" and ends with the "strained falsettos / of an R & B quartet dressed / in sharkskin and doing a Motown / dip and strut across the grand stage." Music in this poetry collection pulses to the rise and fall of black municipal power in Detroit. It explores the working class values that encouraged survival in the face of devastating loss, values that enabled the people to believe that they had some control over their fate even when confronted by overwhelming power. The poems suggest a cyclical sweep that begins with the intimacies of a separate black community, moves through the political and economic turmoil and ends with a return to what remains, the remnants of a familial community. Included is an interview with poet Esperanza Cintron conducted by Lillien Waller and Lena Cintron.