This poet does not mellow. Laini Mataka is wiser, smarter, and sassier than before. If you read any of her earlier books and thought she might mellow...be wrong. Be ready, if you cried, died and at the same time loved reading Bein A Strong Black Woman Can Get U Killed!! and wanted more. The Prince of Kokomo is that more. Laini doesn't just write about Black reality, she rips and tears it apart, piercing the boundless and forgotten moments that shape our reality. Her mission is to look at us, and have us look at it, deepen our insight, and create actions that give life Black, and Black life.
When you read The Prince of Kokomo, be armed to follow Mataka into battle. Do not hesitate. She is Harriet restored. And now, just as then, she has no time for those who love the comfort of their prisons, or the seductions of their enslavement.
She is a queen, with words as her body armor. More power to this queen!