BULL: THE JOURNEY OF A FREEDOM ICON
by James B. Golden
Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the April 2014 release of BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon, a 106-page collection of poems by James B. Golden — the Poet Laureate of Salinas, California.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
My father's recollections are the basis for BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon. While flawed, my father is a representation of what I've always considered the great Black American Man, the old school cat, the Bull. He falls in line with the icons that were raised during one of the most horrific periods in America for people of color. In many ways, writing this book has been a cleansing of my own soul. I feel more connected to my father than ever, and he's someone I'd want to be connected to forever. As I experienced on the discovery of Rita Dove's Thomas and Beulah, the stories of our elders heal our souls. My soul is healing.
PRAISE FOR BULL BY JAMES B. GOLDEN:
"Bull swaggers blues & rams through Klan days & lynch nights & he meditates & rumbles on Presley & Memphis, he stops visits, breathes family, chows catfish, gets hauled off to prison, alcohol afternoons & contraband inmate pruno drink. He is strong & lyrical, and most of all, Bull gores the veils & static stiffs of history. Bull is hungry most of all, to come back where he started, where he is, unafraid of pain, for he has suffered, he is suffering and because of that his virtue is courage, harmony, love, yes Bull is doused with the blues of love, where racism, segregation, slavery, are part of the double-dutch, hip hop scrim where Bull rises and transcends. A power-poetry here — a liberation heart-fire collection by our Salinas Poet Laureate, James P. Golden — no other like it."
JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, Poet Laureate of California
"His vernacular and prose are a rare find, he speaks truth to power and that power into contemporary issues."
Senses Lifestyle Magazine
"Golden creates phenomenal works of art."
The National Steinbeck Center
"We are proud to have a writer that hails from our great city return with the gift of poetry."
MAYOR JOE GUNTER, City of Salinas
"Golden's poetry celebrates the contemporary experiences of young African Americans while delving into both the poet's professional and personal life."
The Salinas Californian
"Golden's poems are frank, explicit, and poignant."
ROBERT WALCH, literary critic
BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon is available at Amazon.com.