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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun by Jamell Crouthers is the story of a policeman who is dedicated to his job, but when he realizes that there are dishonorable cops, he wonders if he should take action against them or remain quiet. I say this is a story because the flow of these poems is so good that you cannot help but feel as if you are reading a story in a rhythm. The flow is that good and connected!
The poems are written in free form about a police officer named Gary who has a son named Gary Jr. The poems talk about how a faithful and honorable policeman discovers that his fellow officers are not as honorable as he would like to think. This is where his inner tussle begins - should he take action against these dishonorable policemen or should he just put his head down and go about his work. However, if he decides to do nothing about it, how can he live with this guilt?
I loved the fact that the poems talked about almost taboo subjects in a completely unhesitating way. The poems talk about social dilemmas that have plagued police departments all over the world. From racial discrimination to illegal activities, the poet handles everything with poise and expertise. The poems are eye opening and offer an insight into the mind of a conscientious police officer. He is not talking wrongly about anyone or bashing anyone; he is simply showing a side of a society that we know exists yet we are not ready to really talk about. A brilliant read!