101 Things that Are NOT True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive

16 10 2013

What does a black feminist who spends her time lifting up the legacies of obscure black feminist geniuses do about her complicated feelings about hypervisible famous black women like Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey?

These poems.

“Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s book of list poems, One Hundred and One Things That Are Not True About The Most Famous Black Women Alive, then, is an intervention into black women’s relationships with the list form, with truth-telling, with public personages, and with each other.”  Sarah Mantilla Griffin  (See full review here)

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“The theme of flight is an important one for Gumbs and places her work in conversation with writers, including Toni Morrison, who have explored the trope of the flying African.  As they provide spaces for flights of the mind, for escape, for rising above, or simply for elevating and expanding our perceptions of whom these women could be, the poems enliven what were essentially static public figures.”  Sarah Mantilla Griffin  (See full review here)

Here is a conversation about the meditation of LOVE that is this book with Crunk Feminist Collectives R. Boylorn.


And here is a fun video I made with excerpts of the poems this morning.

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