The book includes several long poems, all called "Convention Centers of the New World." These poems are built out of other people's words, people who were famously captive in the New Orleans Superdome and whose words are collected in an oral history project called "Alive in Truth." McDaniel puts this simple, powerful language against his own powerful but more elaborate language:
| It's just unfair to me. I mean, I have so much unfinished business |
in New Orleans, that — will it ever get taken care of?
Will the pieces ever get put together?
Will I be spending the rest of my life living in the past?
You know, what? Where do I go from here?
Where do my children go from here?