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The poems in Chekwube Danladi's debut collection are attentive to the moments of agency that refute and confront the limits imposed on black femme bodies. As a whole it is preoccupied with utilizing the lessons of lived experience to comment on and engage with larger movements toward expression and liberation for black people across temporal and physical spaces. The collection moves in and out of the material and the spiritual world, in and out of nations and borders. The poems riff off and borrow from varied intellectual and quotidian discourses regarding queerness, Afro-diasporic lives, refugee studies, gender and sexuality, and Global South subjectivity, creating their own transgressive universe of discourse.
About the Author
CHEKWUBE DANLADI is a writer and a reformed punk. She has received support from Callaloo, Kimbilio, Hedgebrook, the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Take Me Back, was published in the series New-Generation African Poets. She lives in Chicago.