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KOKUMO's poetry, is what happens when survivors spit sperm and other bodily excretions in the face of those who abuse them. KOKUMO's poetry, is what happens when Aunt Jemima becomes Rambo. KOKUMO's poetry, is what happens when the piece of shit you stepped in, corporealizes then knocks you the fuck out. And no! Resilience, has never sounded sexier. ...more
Published 2016 by Topside Press
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Bogi Takács
My review is finally up on Bogi Reads the World - "This is a slim collection, just 64 pages altogether, but it packs a huge punch (and a kick, and a shove, and a hug)." Read the whole review here:
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've never heard Kokumo at a reading but it's absolutely on my bucket list. Reacquainted with Life feels conversational--which only elevates the emotional intensity. She code-switches freely throughout the text and brings a breadth of experience that feels completely fresh. The thing I appreciate the most about Kokumo is her voice. Kokumo's confidence is resilient and bold but her self-assuredness never feels artificial; rather it feels rightfully earned.
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Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fucking fan of authors whose reading/performance style is a crucial layer to their written word. Here is another book of poetry that I picked up entirely due to the fact that her readings of the poems knocked me out when I saw her live. Authors who can perform their work with such power are everything. It would be amazing if there was an audiobook of this (is there?). Regardless of whether you get to see her read live or not, this is a slim volume. People who don't even like poetry or ...more
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absolutely incredible.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
If you are Woke, Intersectional and Progressive then buy it and read it now. If you regularly use words like "Marginalized", "Oppression", "Privilege", "Fluidity", "Spectrum" then you need to buy this RIGHT NOW! You are absolutely 100% going to LOVE this. I guarantee it. In fact, if you don't I will give you your money back!*

If not, then don't bother. This is not poetry as poetry is known. The language of Byron, Shelley, Shakespeare, Keats, Blake - well okay it is long dead. But not even the Mod
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This collection of poems steams forward with brutal beauty. I only wish that more people reading it could also hear KOKUMO's voice, because as alive as the words are on the page, in her voice, they are the sun. ...more
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KOKUMỌ is a poet and musician from Chicago singing truth to power. Writing in a lineage inspired by Ntozake Shange, Sapphire, and the music of Erykah Badu, KOKUMỌ reclaims the power of her own body, her own voice, her own narrative. Moreover, she is committed to accountability, calling out others’ bullshit within resistance movements: “So you wanna revolution huh? … Are you invested in making the ...more

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