|by Rod Bradley|
Such trials could grind any person down, but for Coleman they became a vital source for poetry that compelled attention to racism and hatred — the themes that most drove her to transcend the barriers of her birth and take her place as one of the city's most perceptive writers.
Mercurochrome is a book that I return to ever so often. To see Wanda Coleman and Austin Straus read and perform together a couple of years ago at the San Diego City College International Book Fair was a undoubtedly a highlight for me. Damn.