- BLACK CLASSIC PRESS
- NEVER AS STRANGERS, by Laini Mataka
"We need to tell our story, for our own edification and for that of future generations. Laini does this, honestly and compassionately. Here is the voice of the urban Black folk--hard-pressed, making a way out of no way, cutting through illusion to hard-core reality."
"In her awesome poetic crucible of despair, hope, loneliness, racism, self-hate, self-love and recollected ritual, she invents verb and re-verb. Titillating antidotes for what ails and flails us. Ultimately, she uplifts us."
Eugene B. Redmond
Poet Laureate, East St. Louis
"I see in her work from "White Traditions in Black-Face," to the title poem, "Never As Strangers," a complete repertory of one woman's travels through Black America. It is quite a trip."
Haki R. Madhubuti
Third World Press