how to get over

By | October 14, 2019
how to get over Author t’ai freedom ford
ISBN-10 1597090387
ISBN-13 9781597090384
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 110
Language English
Publisher Red Hen Press
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An astonishing debut how to get over is part instruction manual part prayer part testimony It attempts to solve the readers problems by telling them how to get over while simultaneously creating themtroubling the waters with witness and blues fords poems witness via a series of past life portraits that navigate personal space as well as the imagined persona These portraits conjure the blues via the imagined lives of the inanimate a whip a machete the historic a Negro burial ground Harriet Tubman The Red Summer the iconic Pecola Breedlove Richard Pryor Rodney King At the same time these portraits focus on the past lives of the author and grapple with themes including sexuality sexual abuse and substance abuse The collections namesake poems speak to bullying and homophobia blackness whiteness and gentrification and even directly address pop culture icons like Kanye West Chaka Khan and Nicky Minaj Grounded in memory and re memory these poems pray in the voice of the ancestors and testify on their behalf fords poems not only remind how the history and legacy of slavery placed African Americans at an unfair disadvantage but attempt to illuminate the beautiful struggle of a peoples endurance and resilience The reader embarks upon a journey through these poems circa 1787 to 2013 and emerges realizing that everything is connectedthe ways we live lie love and diethe ways we all get over

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