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Anarcha Speaks

A History in Poems

Author: Dominique Christina   Foreword by: Tyehimba Jess

The reimagined story of Anarcha, an enslaved Black woman, subjected to medical experiments by Dr. Marion Sims. Selected by Tyehimba Jess as a National Poetry Series winner.

In this provocative collection by award-winning poet and artist Dominique Christina, the historical life of Anarcha is personally reenvisioned. Anarcha was an enslaved Black woman who endured experimentation and torture at the hands of Dr. Marion Sims, more commonly known as the father of modern gynecology. Christina enables Anarcha to tell her story without being relegated to the margins of history, as a footnote to Dr. Sims’s life. These poems are a reckoning, a resurrection, and a proper way to remember Anarcha . . . and grieve her.
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“Beautifully sparse lines and unsparing imagery . . . A harrowingly visceral, incomparable poetry collection.”
Booklist

“Lyrical descriptions that showcase emotional vulnerability.”
Publishers Weekly

“Dominique’s poems paint brutal truths. Beautiful truths. They seek to uncover a history hidden under the skin. In an era in which such truths are in danger of being forgotten, Dominique’s voice is an essential. Her stories are an unearthing, the soil that connects us to our past, a lens through which, if we look close enough, we may see something that directs us to a kinder future.”
—Staceyann Chin, author of The Other Side of Paradise

“This is a beautiful book of poetry by an amazing poet. I can’t even begin to grasp the courage it took to write these poems.”
—Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of A Place to Stand


Anarcha Speaks

ISBN: 978-080700921-5
Publication Date: 10/16/2018
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $16.00
Format: Paperback
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