I have bad news. I didn't like it. I liked learning about George Washington Carver, and finding out that he was a pretty cool scientist, with a vision. (He found uses for peanuts in order to help the new black farmers product sccessful crops-- peanut plants replenish the soil.) And I admit that poetry is an interesting way to present history without fictionalizing it. (When you have names, dates, and not much actual experience, it's hard to tell a complete story.) But I feel like I got more out of the paragraph on the dust jacket than from the poems.
I don't like having to dissect every sentence and consider the meaning of each word in order to understand the author's point. I applaud the careful word choice. In scientific writing, careful word choice is essential to construct a concise and clear message. Our readers want to get the point without the fluff. I think that's why poetry is foreign to me. I'm not used to hearing the words I'm reading.
This reminds me of an Engines of Our Ingenuity I heard recently about the Gutenberg Bible (a copy of which is housed in Yale's Beineke Rare Books Library):
But people didn't read 500 words a minute in silence, as we might. They read aloud -- at a third that rate. (Reading in silence was considered spooky when anyone tried it.)
Oh, how times have changed.