Stephen A. Dantes presents a deep quest for meaning, identity and freedom in this 16-poem collection that chronicles issues of nationality, culture, family and independence. The author speaks honestly and eloquently about self-doubt and clarity, violence that is both physical and economic, and incarceration behind prison bars and inside an emotional “slave mentality.” He examines the meaning of opportunity in a land of inequality, and liberty that is both personal and political.
Dantes presents the story of a woman named Hope, the personification of a search for truth, love and stability. He describes emotion with vivid imagery, speaking of a broken heart as “glass hitting stone” and the desire to stop time as one to “erase shadows under historical suns.” His written words and performances are full of wit and intensity that speak to the essence of life’s fears, determinations and revelations.
Emily F. Keller
Journalist, Freelance Writer and Poet
Brooklyn, New York