Visions Of A Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise: Detroit Poems
Esperanza Cintrón’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 collection of poetry 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 its political and economic turmoil and ends with what remains, the remnants of a familial community. Included in this book is an interview with the poets Esperanza Cintrón, her daughter Lena Cintrón, and Lillien Waller who represents three generations of Detroiters. With humor and much candor, they discuss their perceptions of the changes that have and are occurring in the once Motor City.