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Seeds Of The Poet Tree By Baba Eng

Published in March 2022, this collection of poems and essays by BaBa Eng will have you thinking about what life behind bars is like. It’s a fact that the average person thinks “Black male” when they hear the word prisoner although the number of incarcerated Black females has increased. While the numbers are increasing and discouraging, it’s important to understand WHY there’s this increase. Look at the policies that have had a negative impact on us Since the days of Enslavement.

BaBa spent more than 3 decades in prison including 8 years in solitary confinement. That’s a very long time to think about a crime that could have been avoided and a life cut short in its prime. BaBa writes about both, as well as sharing his thoughts about love, faith and hop for a future that promises better days with friends, family and a community that is striving to please the Ancestors.

The poetry is a mix of realistic longing for love and justified feelings of anger that have been a part of his imprisonment swell as his return to community. In this book, anger must be viewed as a catalyst for change. Baba’s anger, while confined, led to his desire to transform himself from a confused, uneducated young man into an educated, forward-thinking, compassionate Slack man desirous of becoming an asset to his community. While in prison, BaBa began to develop a work ethic defined by love and justice.

This collection is a testament to his meditations and contemplations. His reflections are sincere, real, and heartfelt, encouraging the reader to stop, for a moment, and think about the things that matter most. His essay on “Critical Resistance” is a thoughtful “call to arms” that urges us to take an in depth look at the systems that have created the social, political, and economic circumstances that define our present condition.

According to BaBa, change is possible if we commit ourselves to the unrelenting task of working together to create justice and equity for all. Whether we are examining the educational system or the prison system, there is a justifiable need to dismantle everything and anything that denies anyone’s humanity. Our future depends on honoring the Divine in every human being.

As an advocate for Restorative Justice, it is no surprise that BaBa concludes his book with a quote from Seba Kheti: “Every day is a donation to eternity and even one hour is a contribution to its future.”

A BOOK SIGNING BY BABA ENG WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022 AT 11 EAST UTICA, FROM 5:00-7:00PM. COME OUT AND MEET THE AUTHOR.

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