Poka City Blues by A. L. Gibson
A. L. Gibson has penned an intriguing fictional story in Poka City Blues. Written from the perspective of Sedelia, a black woman in her mid-70s, you are taken on a chilling journey through her life experiences. She recounts a number of tales from childhood through her current life. Being born and raised in the Deep South in Loachapoka, Alabama, she writes of being dirt poor, picking cotton, her “skirt-chasing” father, the Ku Klux Klan, rape, murder and more. Your heart will go out to this character. You will get to see a very hard life through her eyes. Mind you, she is not shy or quiet though. She is a spit-fire and refuses to keep her mouth shut more often than not. Sometimes, this works strongly in favor, but not always. Be prepared as her inner anger pours forth at many of the horrific experiences she has gone through and the people that caused them. Gibson allows Sedelia to show you how strong love and honor is from start to finish. Sedelia was taught by her mother to honor and respect herself, and in a perplexing way it appears that those who tortured, abused and harassed Sedelia, her family, her friends and her community taught her to honor and respect others as well.
Poka City Blues is written in a way that makes you feel as though you are sitting at Sedelia’s feet or having a cup of tea with her as she tells her stories. Gibson doesn’t have her speak with a strong dialect, but her speech is vernacular. Reading Poka City Blues will give you a taste of what it might have been like to grow up in the Deep South in the 40s and 50s, and Sedelia continues right up through modern day. This was certainly an enjoyable read.
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