Joe Okonkwo has produced a volume of poetry that is actually a mosaic of African-American and Gay issues. This riveting collection covers everything from Jazz and sex, to politics and dating; from racism within the Gay community, to black on black racism. There are poems about the journey from depression to wholeness and poems about exuberant gay men flouncing about the streets wearing only silk boxer shorts and argyle socks.
This volume has a little of everything including poignant tributes to Jazz greats Ethel Waters and Billie Holiday. Joe Okonkwo fearlessly tackles taboo subjects such as what some African-Americans really think about the ghetto, who really bears the blame for slavery and how expectations the Gay media sets forth affect those who don't—or can't—comply.
Milk Chocolate/Naked Moon is exactly what we've been waiting for: an unpredictable, page turning collection of poetry.
Joe Okonkwo has published in Anthology Magazine and online at timbooktu.com and queerpoets.com. His play The Adventures of That Brotherman was workshopped by Edward Albee. His adaptation of the classic children's book A Wrinkle in Time has been produced by Houston's Main Street Theatre. He lives in New York City.