I am Lalaine B. Rebamonte, from the College of Education in the University of Cebu-LapuLapu and Mandaue, Philippines. We have chosen your poem SOS (Save Our Sons) for our Literature class to be analyzed as it gives striking stand of a brave person. Since our subject is in line with Literary Criticism, I would like to inform you that there are analyses gathered from our class. There will be different comments with your work and I hope you will be able to give feedback with regards to our comments.
The truth the poem is very londo since it has a positive message that gives before any difficult situation :) and that seems to me unlikely that critoque already qie it is necessary to be in this sotuacion to be able to act like Mariano J. Panza
i think that it's awesome that he said in the poem.. he's so positive and..he's right! if you know about his life you can understand that you don't have to worry for bad things or bad situations...only for the good things and be happy with that... and he is original and don't follow the rules.. A TRUE ARTIST!
I think BZ's poetry is superb and shows a remarkably refreshing use of the English language. People who criticise poetry and poets tend to be those who don't understand them or the reason they were written.
In my Poetry Analysis classes, I teach people to see what the poem says and then what it means and why the writer used those specific words rather than others. Once that knowledge is acquired, without exception, they vote Benjamin's poetry very highly indeed.
English, like any other language was made to be used and changed and appreciated.
I suspect the critics are wandering lonely as a cloud!
benjamin i respect your view point, but i have to say its not only black people who
are scared to walk the street, s for fear of injustice, also steven lawrence, s
murder is not the only murder inquiry that the old bill have bungled
far from it ask timothy evan, s or the guildford four, , , ,
if young black, s want to protest against wrong doings, , ,
they should find a platform not take it out on the man or woman on the street
which is so often the case......