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The Forbidden Poems
by Becky Birtha (Goodreads Author)
This collection of poems deals with the author's experiences in confronting racism, being an African-American and a lesbian-feminist, and grieving over the loss of a longtime lover.
Published March 1st 1991 by Seal Press (CA)
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When I picked this book up as a sixteen-year-old who was greatly confused about her sexuality, it was a revelation to me. So much so that I risked failing my English class to do a presentation on her... but that's another story. But unlike other books that filled this role (Annie on My Mind, I'm looking at you), this one has some serious literary merit. Birtha creates some gorgeous imagery in this book, often out of little everyday things that you wouldn't think of being as beautiful as she make ...more
As a writer, I'm the author of three books for adults: two collections of short stories and a volume of poetry. My short stories have been widely anthologized, and some of my writing has appeared in textbooks. More recently, I've written two children's picture books. I'm also a parent, a Quaker, was an adoption worker for many years, and currently live in Delaware County, PA, just outside Philadel ...moreMore about Becky Birtha...