The poems in this book were written over a forty-seven year period, between 1965 and 2012. They are arranged in two sections. The first section is called The Reconstruction. The poems in this section represent the era when the author’s literary universe was formulating anew 1979 to the present. This reframing of his mind-set started a decade or so after the end of legal segregation in the South and the establishment of a handful of national laws to protect the civil rights of African Americans. This was also when restrictions on black people in almost every field of endeavor started crumbling down. The second section of the book is called The Insurrection. The poems in this section represent the period of the movement – the turbulent sixties when individuals and organizations were rebelling against America’s culture of racism. During this time the author form words into poems that described, encouraged or aided the insurrection. This is how he was made to feel that he was a part of the movement by having it shape his thinking and his literature. This section contains poems expressed in aggressive petitions for black liberation and racial justice – the passionate radical flames of the author’s youth.