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In her first collection of poetry, CP Patrick reflects on the history and complexities of the African diaspora. Dear Ancestors is a poetic homage to the past and present.
Kindle Edition, 75 pages
Published September 12th 2016 by Field Order Press
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Brown Girl Reading
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poetry is not something I pick up very much but in the past 4 years I’ve had the pleasure of reading some fantastic poetry collections. This year has started with Dear Ancestors Poems & Reflections on the African Diaspora by CP Patrick, author of the compelling novel The Truth About Awiti. There are poems in this collection that come from The Truth About Awiti. I strongly recommend you check it out because it is quite the story with a dash of fantasy and deals with the African diaspora and the t ...more
Avril Somerville
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Uncomfortable Truths

I've always said "ancestral wisdom adorns my flowerbeds." It is in this spirit and tradition that CP Patrick so beautifully penned Dear Ancestors. Patrick pays the ultimate homage to our ancestors - the ancestors of Black people in America who were held captive and transported via the Middle Passage and enslaved for White profit. Patrick also speaks of a time when we loved (and still do), when we were unafraid (and still must be), and when we cared deeply and capably for our
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Alicia (PrettyBrownEyeReader)
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, poetry
I am a lover of poetry. This collection was recommended by fellow book blogger, Didi from Brown Girl Reading. Each poem in the collection is clear and succinct while telling a portion of the African Diaspora experience. Collectively the poems paint a troubled history but one of endurance of the ancestors. Excellent collection! It is one I will read and reflect on for years to come.
Andrew
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Having enjoyed reading "The Truth About Awiti" I was pleased to come across this collection of poems by the same author. ...more
Ada
***WHO SUCKED ME IN***
Brown Girl Reading on YouTube in their My Top Books of 2019 published on 7 jan. 2020
***Reasons why?***
I think at the end of 2018/2019 I got more interested in my African ancestors via my mum. I can still remember how I talked with my Turkish colleague and she was telling where her people came from. It kinda hurt to talk about it because I couldn't tell her where mine came from. Yes I knew my great-grandmother but that's it. Beyond that we only have family lore. I can't even
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Alice Rachel
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start?

This book is the most important book I've read this year, and I think everyone should read it!!

It was beautiful, heartbreaking. It torn my heart and guts out.

The entire concept was thought through with detail and precision.

The words are heart-wrenching!

This is a book of importance!

The poems start in Africa, then they take us on the slave ships, in the cotton fields, all the way to the US today and the fears and hatred black people face every day because of the color of their s
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Udinaldo Júnior
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Que delícia esse livro de poesia. Palavras dirigidas aos nossos ancestrais a partir da diáspora negra. Quem quiser dar um saque, tá disponível no Kindle Unlimited.

"did you know
the fight within your blood
would live for generations"
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Keisha Adinkra
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book of poems and reflections really spoke to me. I was able to put words to some of the feelings I’ve had/have in a way I’d not been able to before. Highly recommend this for those who love poetry and for those looking for a way to heal and connect with the ancestors.
Rachel Matthews
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deceptively simple, these poems are a subversive act giving voice to silenced generations. CP Patrick speaks directly to and on behalf of her enslaved ancestors. While reflecting on how much has changed for the better, she mourns how much still needs to change.

At just 75 pages, you can easily finish these poems in under an hour but the impact on you will last far, far longer.
Shawn
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C.P. Patrick did an amazing job on this book. Although its a very short book these poems speak to the reader. I love reading poetry books that you don't have to dissect to understand to find the meaning of the poems. C.P. Patrick you did an amazing job honoring our ancestors. ...more
Nikki
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My kind of poetry

Speaks to me as a black person. I could relate to every single page. Adding this title as one of my fav books of poetry.
Shanté Norton
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL

Words escape me. BEAUTIFUL. Thank you so much for such a beautiful and well read piece. I read Truth about Awiti and this and now I’m a fan.
Paris Chanel
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, race, 2020, favorites
Powerful!
Martin
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"my writing will hurt"

And it does. It hurts because it's true, and that's the best kind of writing.
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Alexia Lewis
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Kristin MB
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Saying the poems are "powerful" feels cliche, but they really are. Pruitt (or Patrick, her pseudonym) is a skilled writer. The structure of the poems is very accessible which helps one focus on the content of the poems. The content demands attention and focus and respect. It is a collection I will surely return to and I look forward to reading more of Pruitt's work, the next being The Truth About Awiti. ...more
Ope
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poetry is not usually something that I would normally pick. I must say it did not disappoint! The book takes you on journey of an enslaved people from Africa to America. CP Patrick did such an amazing job capturing glimpse of the African American experience from the motherland to the present day.
Tracy Trammell
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book is a quick read, it's so well written and powerful that I will read and read again. Maybe I'll let relatives or friends borrow? Not sure I'd want to be sure they return it. This book is definitely a keeper. It's amazing how the author is able to carefully choose words that tell the story of slavery. For the first time I wondered who had the evil thought to capture Africans. They had to have a plan and people in charge who coordinated the mass abduction. The book begins with slavery - civil ...more
Buffy
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I literally held this book to my chest, eyes closed for about 10 minutes after finishing it... just to be sure I let it all soak in! Powerful is what comes to mind. The words jump off the page.. short poems that are so filled with meaning that it takes your mind far beyond the words on the page.. reflective in the moment. C.P. Patrick did an amazing job on her first, very thought provoking collection of poetry reflecting on the African diaspora! This is required reading! Every history, African s ...more
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Christine A. Platt is a historian and storyteller of the African diaspora. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African Studies from The Ohio State University and received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.

Her debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, was published under the penname CP Patrick and won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards
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