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I is a Long Memoried Woman

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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Paperback, 88 pages
Published January 28th 1983 by Red Sea Press(NJ)
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Paul
Feb 20, 2015 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
A very powerful set of poems written in the first person; a chronology of slavery from a woman’s perspective.

We the women who toil
unadorn
heads tie with chaep
cotton

We the women who cut
clear fetch dig sing

We the women making
something from this
ache-and-pain-a-me
back-o-hardness

Yet we the women
whose praises go unsung
whose voices go unheard
whose deaths they sweep
aside
as easy as dead leaves

It tells the tragic story of slavery in short and powerful poems with memories of rape, infanticide, the slave tra
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Sep 03, 2010 Mary added it
We could only read excerpts of this (for my Af-Am lit class) -- because it's out-of-print and there be laws of copyright. Short version of review: the fact that any book this good could be out of print helps underscore Everything That's Wrong With Society.

Chill-inducing: "No it isn't easy to forget / what we refuse to remember." -G. Nichols
Matthew
Read this for a women's lit course and was surprisingly won over. Simple, direct, and brutal poems which reward the researcher.
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Grace Nichols was born in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1950 and grew up in a small country village on the Guyanese coast. She moved to the city with her family when she was eight, an experience central to her first novel, Whole of a Morning Sky (1986), set in 1960s Guyana in the middle of the country's struggle for independence.

She worked as a teacher and journalist and, as part of a Diploma in Communic
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The Fat Black Woman's Poems Whoa, Baby, Whoa! Picasso, I Want My Face Back Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman and other poems Whole of a Morning Sky

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