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RISE UP! Poems of Protest, Poems of Praise

Hardcover: 52 pages
Publisher: Faith Journey Publishing (Feb, 2022)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8-9858168-0-8
ISBN-13: 979-8-9858168-0-8
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 inches

Retail Price:
eBook: $6.99
Paperback: $15.99

Rise Up! Poems of Protest, Poems of Praise is a poetry collection that braids the voice of the past, the poems of a grandfather born to slave parents, and poems of the present, those of his granddaughter. Juxtaposed are two hearts linked not only by love, but also by the travesties of racism and slavery and the devastation and waste of war. Although generations apart, they navigate as one the injustices of mankind with hope, grace, and peace, their songs forming an uplifting chorus that decries evil while magnifying divine love as displayed in the beauty of Creation. This book speaks to people who, in their Christian walks have been summoned to give more than a nod to the injustices of the past, but urged to acknowledge and recognize their responsibility to help solve issues of social injustice boldly through Christ’s love.

writes: “These poems are emblematic of the reality that many things that cause strife and sorrow are also the things that cause an uprising in the spirit. The pages of RISE UP! Poems of Protest, Poems of Praise is a metaphorical offering of a wellspring of solidarity that our world needs. These pages help us drink fully of the possibilities of laughter knowing that weeping dehydrates the body; reminding us that we are the water bearers of hope.”
NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green

The poems in RISE UP! Poems of Protest, Poems of Praise speak wisely to our time and ask us to attend with eyes and hearts wide open, to hear two voices from two generations plead for justice, truth, faith, and beauty.

Mari Fitz-Wynn gave us a wonderful gift by selecting her grandfather’s poems from his three published volumes and matching them with her own work. I can imagine him rising up to applaud this treasure of a book.
-Suzanne Underwood Rhodes, Poet Laureate of Arkansas and author of Flying Yellow

I just wanted to say that I finished the book feeling challenged and inspired in many ways. I especially was encouraged by your poem, Find Something, because it really speaks to this time in my life of discovering what it is that God wants me to do with my gifts.
- L.M.

I cannot tell you how much I love your poetry and your grandfather's! It is wonderful.

RISE UP! Poems of Protest, Poems of Praise is available from Faith Journey Publishing.