There's an old iron bridge in the town of Shubuta, Mississippi that's more than just a bridge for cars and trucks to cross. It's a scene of past hate crimes—and it still stands today as a symbol of hate, albeit in a corroded, crumbling state. Oakland performance poet Dee Allen. guides us through racism, White supremacy and the unforeseen Coronavirus Pandemic that simultaneously brought people apart and together in his sixth volume of poetry—and his first for Vagabond—RUSTY GALLOWS.
"With RUSTY GALLOWS: PASSAGES AGAINST HATE, Dee Allen. continues his work as an alert witness to our times. Rooted in a common history and collective grievous past, Allen evokes the radical Dr. King and fuses the dream to contemporary headlines while offering an appreciation for every waking day. An alive, time transcendent collection for anyone seeking truth and a world where people prevail over profit, where racism and war are not the answer, and a room of one's own is a human right instead of a luxury, Allen's words point the direction home."—Denise Sullivan
"Dee Allen's RUSTY GALLOWS: PASSAGES AGAINST HATE is a history-filled primer for how to live in a post-white supremacist world. His masterful flow of words etch deep grooves of oppression, genocide, lynchings, but also humor and inclusiveness. It's a multi-cultural examination of the horrors of white-on-top, including lynchings of Italians, scenes from the Native American genocide, and murders in churches, mosques and synagogues. Yet, he implores us to come together with song lyrics that are suitable for the next set of rallies. This voice is vital in a time of widening polarity. RUSTY GALLOWS cries for a multi-cultural community of solutions. It will be re-read for its important lessons."—Doug Stuber
Poetry. African & African American Studies.
African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. Active on creative writing & the Spoken Word scene since the early 1990s. Author of 6 books: Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater and Skeletal Black, all from POOR Press, Elohi Unitsi from Conviction 2 Change Publishing and Rusty Gallows: Passages Against Hate (Vagabond Books, 2022) and 40 anthology appearances including 2020: The Year That Changed America, Geography Is Irrelevant from York, England's Stairwell Books, Five Words: Volume XIV from West Cork, Ireland's O' Bheal,�� I Can't Breathe from Kenya-based Kistrech Theatre International and Law And Poetry from the American Bar Association under his figurative belt so far. Plans is his 7th book.