Inspired by actual case histories of long-term missing African American children, this provocative and heartrending collection of poems evokes the experience of what it means to be among the missing in contemporary America. This thought-provoking collection of persona poems looks at absence from the standpoint of the witnesses surrounding the void and offers an intimate depiction of those impossible moments of aftermath lived by those who remain accounted for and present. While enabling us to question our own sense of identity, this unique collection of poems reveals the blurred edges of separation between them and us and the impact that the missing have upon our present and future.
Jacqueline Jones gives an overview of the book:
Their name for you tastes bitter and uncooked.
Do not listen when they say you were adopted.
Hear your given, gnaw upon this gristle.
You are someone’s missing boy.
Your father named you
—excerpt from “How the Bryant Boy Will Know”
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About Jacqueline Jones
Jacqueline Jones LaMon is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, UCLA School of Law, and Indiana University Bloomington, where she earned her MFA in Poetry. A graduate fellow of Cave Canem, her first poetry collection,...