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Dear BIBR,

I hope you're happy with the way the books to-film package ("Blair Underwood Goes for the Greenlight" January-February 2004), came out, because I think it looks great! Thanks for taking the time to do it. I hope the issue flies off the shelves!

Tananarive Due

Longview, Washington

After reading and being touched by the Executive Editor's column in the current issue (January-February 2004), I would like to send her copy of my book as a gift.

First, the column spoke to me on the setting of priorities and expectations. Second, I also appreciated her incorporation of our unique cultural heritage during this time of massive commercialization. Finally, I sensed a theme of unity and togetherness in the words.

Forgive me if I read too much into it, but it was excellent writing and it moved me. Keep writing! Wonderful work!

Dr. Fred Henley

Author of Daughters Arise! Possess

Your Power

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment in the apparent editorial decision to drop poetry reviews from BIBR. Over the past few years, BIBR is the only publication that has consistently offered in-depth critical reviews of the latest poetry books written by black people. Those reviews have helped me to weed out the good from the bad and have led me to purchase numerous great poetry books based on the insightful reviews that I found in BIBR. I was surprised when I could not find a single poetry review in the November-December 2003 issue, except for a few celebratory blurbs in the "Year's Best" section. That is not what I have come to expect from BIBR. Honest, in-depth and reliable poetry reviews that not only praise but also criticize mid highlight the shortcomings, when necessary, of works by black poets are almost impossible to find. Where will I now go to receive such reviews? Please bring the poetry reviews back.

Jawanza Phoenix

Jersey City, N.J.

Editors' Note: Black Issues Book Review has in no way dropped poetry reviews from our magazine. Our POETRY REVIEWS department and POETIC LICENSE column run frequently, though not necessarily in every issue. As you can see in this issue, we celebrate National Poetry Month with a greatly expanded number of pages for articles and reviews--all devoted to poetry.

I am "hooked" on your publication. It is outstanding and such a wonderful courier for the bibliophile. My graduate seminar in African American literature was warmly introduced to the fine publication Black Issues Book Review.

Dr. Ralph J. Bryson, author of The Story of

Kappa Alpha Psi, 1911-1999

Alabama State University

Thank you so much for taking an interest in Kuumba (BOOKS&CLUBS, September-October 2003) and for writing such a wonderful article about it. The members were quite pleased to see themselves featured in a national publication. Again, many thanks and continued success to you and Black Issues Book Review.

Helen D. Poyer, Outreach Coordinator

Fountaindale Public Library District

Bolingbrook, Ill.
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Date:Mar 1, 2004
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