Working back from her participation in street demonstrations exposing the agenda of the unelected WTO and “free trade” forces gathering to weaken environmental safeguards, labor laws and human rights - to the life of a child of a former hobo (during the Great Depression...a lumberman / farmer when she grew up), poor, for sure, but no longer migratory. - then to the truth of marriage and family and on to the inevitability of death, from which silence does not protect us, Linda Warren shows us that the personal is inseparable from the political.
“This entire manuscript, Zoot Suit Redux, is a map of my life… The chronological order...is reversed in the book, as it begins with my more recent experiences of attending frequent street actions against social and economic injustice. In writing the poems and collecting them together, I realized that my personal life... helped to shape me into the kind of person who felt deeply about issues of women's poverty, child labor, sweatshop labor, human trafficking and domestic abuse[.] It rang clear and true for me that my personal issues were also political issues.” Linda Warren