Robert Johnson’s Poetic Justice is a subtle and at times sardonic study of crime and punishment, justice and injustice. The poems in this book take a fresh look at concepts we take for granted (like reasonable doubt and the presumption of innocence), and offer unflinching portraits of the dark side of power – brutal crimes (including crimes of terror), harsh sanctions (including the death penalty) and the routine, invisible, yet profound traumas that are part and parcel of our legal process, starting with arrest and ending with a deep and often irrevocable change in the identity and even the destiny of those we label criminal. Poetic Justice is filled with vivid images that will stay with the reader long after the book has been put down.
This is a book of exquisite poetry that deals with the American System of Justice and subjects such as: Crime and Punishment, Prison, Prejudice, Privilege, Execution, and Terror (under the heading, Carnage and Consequences). The poems offer a new perspective, and are always interesting and well crafted.About the Author:
Robert Johnson is the author of several social science books dealing with crime and punishment including Death Work: A Study of the Modern Execution Process, winner of the Outstanding Book Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Many of the poems in this collection, Johnson’s first, are drawn from his research in criminology. Johnson is professor of justice, law and society at American University in Washington D.C.
Descrizione libro Conservator of Amer Letters, 2003. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110890023670