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Bob McNeil is the author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, Queens Poet Laureate, described the book as “A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn't flinch at the truth.” Bob was published in The Shout It Out Anthology, Brine Rights: Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes (Volume 1),Not My President, San Francisco Peace and Hope, and The Self-Portrait Poetry Collection, etc.
Furthermore, Bob wants his artistic work to be a fortress against despotic politics. After years of being a professional illustrator, spoken word artist and writer, he still wants his work to express only one cause—justice.
America’s Unconstitutional Grill
Near the counter,
One seat away from a guy named Uncle Sam,
I sat in America’s Unconstitutional Grill,
Notorious for its discrimination special.
Recollections took my psyche traveling
Throughout gripped and whipped generations.
I remembered Sam’s culture-ramming family
Capturing my kin
And reducing them to abused horses
In a round pen.
My temper went from a semiautomatic pistol
To a ballistic missile.
My anger could have leveled
America’s Unconstitutional Grill.
Right before my left was going to punch Sam
So his teeth would meet a dirt heap
‘Neath some table’s feet,
Non-Caucasian children came in.
They ordered cheeseburgers.
A spoiled-cream-distasteful waitress,
Wearing a hairnet,
Said, “The Grill did not get
The School Budget Tomato Sauce yet.”
Judging from the way
Their liveliness took a graveyard turn,
Non-Caucasian children did learn
Unconcern made their meals burn.
According to other non-Caucasian patrons,
There was not much pepper
In the House and Senate stew.
Non-Caucasian patrons spat discontent
Over the cop-frisked pork biscuits
Accompanying assorted penal-smelly vittles.
Seconds from leaving America’s Unconstitutional Grill,
Turners Falls MA, located about 100 miles West of Boston. It is there I went to photograph Trinidad born designer Richie Richardson’s annual Fashion Passion Fashion Week event. I met Bob McNeil, the brother handles the English language like no other I have heard. The audience was hooked on every word he spoke. - Nice meeting you my brother.
See profile below the artistic genius, poet and word smith profile. Check out “America’s Unconditional Grill” others will be posted in the coming months connect with Bob on his Facebook page Bob McNeil