Book Corner

By Staff
June 16, 2004
Award-winning poet Harrison Havard Jr. has penned a new collection of poems for the battered soul and collected them in "Black Whispers and Prayers."
Havard, who received the Catholic Press Association Award in 1975, describes his latest work as a mirror of his own transition from an angry young black man to someone who has come to know God.
Havard's selection transcends 30 years of his life. The anger and anguish of a black man during the civil rights era are penned into protest poems that point out the brutality and injustice inflicted on blacks.
Havard said his faith has changed him, a transition reflected in poems expressing hope even in times of tribulations. His poem "Seed of Hope" pays tribute to a brave black man, Malcolm, who rose from the poverty and oppression in which he was born.
For him, this faith and hope came with the heavy price of discrimination and injustice. The poems in the new book were originally intended as a legacy for his children, but he now shares to the whole world.
Havard was born in Vicksburg in 1939. He attended Saint Mary's Catholic School, graduating in 1957. He then pursued a degree in speech communications education at Jackson State University.
Now a retired postal employee and teacher, Havard resides in Vicksburg with his wife, Mattye, a former school librarian.
Book: "Black Whispers and Prayers"
Publisher: Xlibris Books
How to order: Available in stores or online at Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Borders, or Xlibris, www.Xlibris.com.
Cost: $20.99
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