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Seattle's Civic Poet Anastacia-ReneƩ delivers a powerful and necessary portrait of black womanhood in this dynamic collection of poetry. Her poems are unapologetic and raw, sprinkled with deft wordplay and startling turns-of-phrase. She weaves together various strands of identity -- black, woman, mother, queer -- to create a collection that is truly required reading.

— From Kim


Poetry. African & African American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Women's Studies. In 1974, when Ntozake Shange first released the cannon of Black girl magic known as For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, her opening stanza was a call to all of us.

"somebody/ anybody
sing a black girl's song
bring her out
to know herself ."

This book is answer to that call.

What is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? Anastacia-Rene 's words frame so many questions, read like ritual, read like nursery rhymes, invoke ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life.

Using a reimagined alphabet, Anastacia-Rene sets about taking on everything from love to cancer, monsters, growing up, growing into our bodies, and the ways in which even our bodies are not our own. Her words define and redefine, explore hidden truths and expose the lies we are raised with.

These poems are stories of blackness, of queerness, of womanhood and the combination of all the identities we hold externally and internally that create the tapestry of who we are and who we want to be.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780998736228
ISBN-10: 0998736228
Publisher: Gramma Poetry
Publication Date: July 1st, 2017
Pages: 129
Language: English