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We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems

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WE WANT OUR BODIES BACK URGES BLACK WOMEN TO DEMAND BETTER FROM MEN. -ESSENCE

MASTER POET JESSICA CARE MOORE GIFTS US THIS LATEST COLLECTION OF SHARP, SMART AND DEFIANT PIECES. -MS. MAGAZINE

BOOKS BY BLACK WOMEN WE CANT WAIT TO READ IN 2020 -REFINERY29

A dazzling full-length collection of verse from one of the leading poets of our time.

Over the past two decades, jessica Care
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Amistad
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Smileitsjoy (JoyMelody)
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading a full collection by Jessica Care Moore and I am happy to say it didn't disappoint.
As a Black woman, I often forget how much control I lack over my own body and what that actually means and I think Moore does a fantastic job of addressing what that means for many people.
she takes on very difficult topics: rape, misogyny, xenophobia, etc. The way she writes about them are moving and cause the reader to take a moment to truly process this.

Also, I think about what
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Zoë
I read this book slowly, from cover to cover. I savored it. I rarely do that with poetry books anymore but as a Black woman, this spoke to me in ways other poetry books don't. It spoke to me in ways other poetry books can't. It spoke to the woman in me, the Black woman in me, the poet in me, the writer in me, the child in me, the person in me, and the human that I am.

Nayyirah Waheed once wrote, " all the women in me are tired "

Today, because of this book, all the women in me, all of the Black
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Jessica Stephenson
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Care Moore has been on the front lines as an activist poet for decades, and I am ashamed to only now be discovering her powerful verse. I am five-star SHOOK by this collectionespecially having listened to it on audio, performed by the author herself. ...more
Keondra Freemyn
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
jessica Care moore is a treasure. her new collection pulls together a number of pieces across many years of work to reflect on the cultural and social zeitgeist through a Black woman's lens. moore weaves between deeply personal and universal planes, delivering a multilayered, textured, and honest reflection on themes of self-possession, the Black body, lineage, legacy, cultural production, Black womanhood, love, and communal care. a beautiful set of poems that will no doubt soar off the page in ...more
Melissa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Content warnings: racism, xenophobia, misogyny, police brutality in North America, death, childhood sexual abuse, body objectification

Wow. This was a powerhouse of a collection. I wish I understood more of the references that Moore made, I understood some of them, but most of them I didnt know.

I actually feel honoured to have been given a chance to read this collection. Its just so powerful and, undeniably, beyond my comprehension as a white person. Moore writes for all people of colour, past,
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