It is the responsibility of a poet laureate to uplift and raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Americans. Since 1969, Rayfer Earl'e Mainor has embodied those ideals and standards. All too often poetry has ignored the particular aspects and unique history of African Americans. Rayfer Earl'e Mainor's representations and imagery have shaped the way the world now views the African American experience. His poems have allowed us to reexamine and rethink our own views and experiences. Rayfer Earl'e Mainor has authored several works that have sought to inspire us including: Poems; Poems II; A Tribute to Blackness; The Life and Times of Sister Menefee; Mammoth Melting Sugar; and To Mister or Sarah Jean: A Love Story. Through his craft, Rayfer Earl'e Mainor has enlightened us with the narrative prose of the brutal murder of Emmitt Till, and poetry relaying the 1916 lynching of Jesse Washington. His work has also detailed the reflections and expectations surrounding expectant fatherhood. -Congresional Records remarks, October 2006. Mammoth Melting Sugar is his latest book of poetry, dedicated to the oppressed youth in America society.