“Neal Hall writes to service the people, his words are not only strong and beautiful, but are intended to be catalysts for positive change…”
Luka Lesson, Australian National Spoken Word Champion
Dr. Hall’s second award winning book, Winter’s A’ Coming Still is written from the same deep chasm of despair and pain that is now his literary muse. His poetic insights reflect vividly the more things are said to change, the more things are made to stay the same. His poetic revelations reflect vividly there is no post-racial America, no just America. There is just racist America.
Doctor, Poet, Neal Hall’s Winter’s A’ Coming Still is an eerie prophetic testament of – we ain’t seen nothin – yet. Dr. Hall is a truth teller, an emerging important voice who articulates the lived anguish of the voiceless and the many thousands gone. It is amazing that one as highly educated as he, by western standards, is not blinded by the hypocrisy of the West. Lamont B. Steptoe, Poet, Winner – American Book Award & Pew Fellowship in The Arts
It would be an understatement to say that this book is a challenge to many contemporary assumptions concerning racial issues in America. Dr. Hall pulls back the veils of and delves into postmodernity justice and equality in purportedly post-racial America, revealing that much remains the same. I likened his new book to Drs. William Grier’s and Price Cobbs’ widely acclaimed epic tome Black Rage and the lyrical narratives of Gil- Scott-Heron’s –“Winter In America”. Maurice Henderson, Executive Director, National Black Authors Tour, Faculty, Temple University’s Pan African Studies/Community Education Program
He is surgeon of the eye and a great surgeon of the tramped famished souls. Dr. Hall’s poems are naked, disturbing and piercing to the essence of your body and soul. His poetry penetrates, diagnoses and exposes over two thousand seasons of recorded plunderers; those inventors, architects and signatories of the ontology of sub-humanity and their agonizing, suffocating, brutalities still being meted out on the ebullient souls of folks. Dr. Hall’s illuminating, powerful book of poems is a compelling read for all, including generations yet to be born. Emeka Nwadiora, J.D., Ph.D., DSW. Associate Professor of Law, Ethics and Human Behavior Temple University, Philadelphia. PA., Radio Host, The Pan African Show, WURD 900 AM, Philadelphia, PA
If Black people, all oppressed people, read this, understand this, then O’ Malcolm, “by any means necessary.” If insight, raw burning insight, can spur action then this brilliant- book of profound poetry can change the world. This is the poetry of change. This poetry is the “by any means necessary” that Malcolm envisioned. James Villarreal, M.A. Psychotherapist, Author, Teacher, TV Host
Winter’s A’ Coming Still – is the second book by a fine first-rate poet and author; by a gifted and driven Black man determined to achieve and surpass life’s challenges, despite those still festering, centuries old racist obstacles thrown before us today. In his poem “Not in Me,” a poem of clearly stated Black pride and determination, Dr. Hall puts America on notice: “Not in me to be made to be less the man standing next to me…” Sandra Turner Barnes, Poet, Author & Arts Administrator