It was in the dawn of the year 2003 that noted scholars Kolade Omoladun, Herbert Goode, and Yolanda Hinkson became the first human beings to produce research on the life and writings of Lamont Bridges. Here, made public for the first time, are some of their insightful observations:


“Living underneath the Bayonne Bridge, it kind of inspired him more. I said it kind of inspired him because in his poems, Bridges would be very relaxed, not timid at all, forceful yet eased system. When he writes, it focused on his surroundings and attitude. . . This is one of the lines from a poem: We work on problems, wild weeds. Bridges is saying that when you try to work out your problems, it’s like trying to pull weeds out of your garden. They’re tough to overcome.”
- Yolanda Hinkson


“ Lamont Bridges’ poems came from his struggle in life. He had no kids or wife. All he had was his thoughts to express on paper.”
- Herbert Goode
(author of Lamont Bridges –The Life and Mystery)


“ As a boy . . . he lost all of his imaginations. . . As a man who had once suffered during his teenage year, he lost both his parents and he became a new person entirely. In order for him to show everybody how his life went ever since he was little, he decided to write the poem Character which illustrated the story of his life and how he became someone else after losing his parents and how he buried his imaginations and thought.”

- Kolade Omoladun


One can only hope that these three literary milestones will inspire further research, analysis, and interpretation of the Lamont Bridges canon.

 

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