In The New York Review
On Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me
Does not say
Whether Pinckney likes what Coates is doing
And I would like to know.
He makes it clear
What Coates is doing -
The tradition from which he is drawing, his antecedents
The essay is insightful, informative, thoughtfully written,
But lacking criticism or praise.
I've read Between the World and Me
I have my opinion, although it's been challenged
By the opinions of others.
Other people's opinions matter to me.
Even though, as Chimes said, "Opinions are cruelty."
I've read Pinkney's essay
I will read it again right now.
Ok. I read it again, and I still don't know:
Pinckney, what do you think of Coates?
Maybe I don't need to know.
Maybe it shouldn't matter.
And maybe I ought to appreciate and emulate
A lack of opinion can be cruel too.
But maybe less so?