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Review: Slave Chronicles by Kirk Yancey


Slavery will always live as we try to bury the rising truth...Life has evolved in many ways from shackled and chains to just chains. This book delivers a variety of emotions in poetry that ignites a nation with words of history attached to the coat tails of life's movements. Poetry is an intensely personal glimpse into the history of a writer's life, past to present and nowhere is this truer than in Slave Chronicles written by Kirk Yancey. Within these bounded pages he shares with us messages from many through his interpretation of readings, research and records of slavery. Slave trading and sacrifices from black people has always been a struggle, while others may never want to open this book because the nature of truth and facts pointed out. 

When you come across a book like Slave Chronicles, it makes you appreciate everything about your life with the gratitude that history will not be repeated. Slavery is one of those periods in our history that represents one of our darkest moments but is one that shouldn’t be forgotten but talked about. Not to dwell on the actions or try to right wrongs that can never be but to open the dialogue about the people that never had a voice. 

What I enjoyed about this book was for those who were enslaved with no voice, this was a very good interpretation of a perspective worth reading. The book’s lyrical prose chronicled their experiences through slavery in a way that leaves you feeling as if the pages spoke to you. The passages tell stories that we never hear and put a face on the many experiences that have been labeled generic. What is so remarkable is how well the author captured the depth of their voice in which the reader could truly grasp their experience and envision what was being said through his spoken word. Overall, I thought it was an insightful read that gave me broader perceptive from this part of our history.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Book Information
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 5/24/2013
Pages: 68

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