"Phillip Shabazz is the children's grist.this collection of story
poems invite the reader to clap, cheer, sing, dance, mourn, but
-Jaki Shelton Green, poet, winner of the North Carolina Award
"In this, his third collection of poems, Phillip Shabazz has
created a novel in verse that explores the joys, mysteries, and
challenges of childhood.Shabazz's poems reach us like raindrops on
the skin, some warm, some stinging, but all reminders of how we are
connected to each other within one big human spirit."
-Joe Cole, professor of ethics and philosophy at Guilford
College, Greensboro, North Carolina, columnist for the Raleigh
"News & Observer"
Told through the eyes of a young boy, "When the Grass Was Blue"
poetically portrays the trials and hardships of growing up in the
South during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.
On the surface, Kathoor, the youngest child in a working-class
African American family from Louisville, Kentucky, appears
sheltered in a stable home with his working father, faithful
mother, and cool big brother. But as dysfunction in his family
becomes apparent, Kathoor senses their familial closeness slipping
away-and he feels as though he's losing the most important people
in his life. Trying to adjust, Kathoor's only option is to search
for strength within his own heart.
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