The shock of American violence and hate shouldn’t be shocking at all. This is our peculiar heritage from an ugly institution. Still, we are not without resistance and PECULIAR HERITAGE, a collection of imagery and rhythm-heavy poems, is a resistance narrative to the present political climate and a regime in the U.S. that rejects culture and inclusion. Bellinger’s poetic style is heavy on imagery and rhythm. Combining love poems—of self, of nature and life—with heavier, weight of responsibility narratives and poems, PECULIAR HERITAGE explores how we live in a country built on freedom, individualism, and exceptionalism, but only for the ruling class.