Afterword: This poem is imagining what a rowing shell full of black revolutionary figures would look like. I chose the sport of rowing over something more contemporary like baseball, because I felt that the image of the boat worked well with our class theme of the current. They are pushing against the current, the wind, the difficulties that nature and the other competitors would throw at them. But they persevere, leading the way and eventually winning. Each of the other poems was about individual women, but this poem ties them all together, and honors the strength and grit and grind of the black female revolutionaries we have studied in this class as one collective force. In rowing, their strength is added together, becoming one unit, and unifying against the oppressive opponent. Each rower/revolutionary is important in her own way, and where they may sit in the boat highlights her strength. It uses the experimental form of prose-poetry without grammatical bounds to explore the movement of the boat and their revolutionary work.