These are strong poems from a woman who has seen a lot and isn't afraid to tell us about it. Jackie Sheeler has a big heart and wide open eyes. Whether she is showing us life on the streets or her own intimate losses and longings, we believe her. These are vivid, compelling poems.
Jackie Sheeler is an inspired urban word warrior whose most deliciously dangerous weapons consist of lancing narratives, savvy quips, intellectual snipes, heady resolves and sexy winks—these poems are butt-kicking, knee-cracking, heart-bending affirmations, emphasis on womanly love of turf—embrace them, savor them, lick the burn.
These are fearless poems filled with the extremes of terror and tenderness. Any book that contains a line like "Custodian, bring out the homicide mop" has me firmly by the heart/throat. Earthquake Came to Harlem did that to me, from page one! Brilliant!
Weeks after I first experienced these unflinching and restless stanzas, I still feel drumming in my chest. It's no wonder that Jackie Sheeler has once again left me clutching for breath—she's a master of the lyrical backslap, with a relentless narrative flow that leaves me anxious to surrender.