After Words

After Words

by Shirley Brewer


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223 The number of homicides in Baltimore City in 2010.
23 The age of Stephen Bradley Pitcairn, one of those victims.

Numb, we watch the news from a safe distance. No personal blood is shed. Yet, beyond statistics lie human emotions-pain that cuts deeper than any weapon.

Poet Shirley J. Brewer responded to the stabbing death of Stephen Pitcairn, who envisioned a career as a doctor. Instead, he died in the street just one block from Brewer's home in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood.

Brewer gives tragedy a voice. In words both spare and poignant, she creates an awareness of the staggering ways violence robs everyone-families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and society as a whole. In After Words, we grieve. Our sorrow is specific, for Stephen and the Pitcairn family. It is also universal-for every person whose life has been lacerated by crime.

One knife, and we all bleed.

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ISBN-13: 9781934074824
Publisher: Apprentice House
Publication date: 02/13/2013
Pages: 50
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

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