African American

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What do you do when the world refuses to look at you, to really see you? When, still, your life is expendable if the smallest excuse for taking it can be conjured?

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“beauty, rhythm, insight, resonance.”

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Let’s not call this a review, deal? Who reviews June Jordan? She was the queen of everything.

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“The poems in Waterbaby are present. They tell the truth and will inspire readers to lust for more.”

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“Eve L. Ewing has achieved what the historian cannot. She has restored the blood and sweat to the historical record of a tragic moment in the history of the nation.”

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“Each of these moving poems is a metaphor of mutuality and mutability, of vulnerability and union.”

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Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels is Kevin Young’s powerful verse account of the 1839 mutiny of Mendi-speaking kidnap victims from Sierra Leone.