This volume of poetry has been in the planning stage since March of 2000. In this collection of contemporary and abstract poetry, Michael A. J. Sardo paints word pictures, forms and images about the lives of Black African American friends. He touches on their lives and activities as he sees them, not just through physical eyes but also through spiritual eyes. The African Americans Sardo writes about in many of his poems have played an important role, from time to time, in assisting his wife and him at the Jefferson County Rescue Mission where they both work, assisting homeless and poor people of Jefferson County in Missouri.
In writing this tribute, Michael A. J. Sardo has tried to capture moods and images of African Americans he has known in Missouri but he also goes back to his early childhood in East New York Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. This small book makes no attempt to be an erudite poetic work on African Americans. Rather, A Tribute to My Black Friends, is strictly a collection of contemporary and abstract poetry about the lives and activities of Black people who have made lasting impressions on Michael A. J. Sardo.