August 08, 2018
Artress Bethany White
Everything Resides in a Name
The day the white babysitter
calls you colored, you believe
your birth parents were rainbows,
unicorns, brightly hued fairies
dancing across the television screen--
all beautiful, colorful things.
You ask if I like being called black,
a term rich in value and tincture.
I don’t mind, I say, explaining the word
is synonymous with ...
June 26, 2018
The Experiments: A Legend in Pictures and Words by Rachel May (Dusie, 2015)
If you planted this book in the ground, what would grow?
Pokeweed. Pokeweed berries have been used to make ink and fabric dye for centuries. Like May's flash fiction, they are humble in origin but produce rich colors. I imagine if you dug up the book again, the pages would be vampire purple.
What book is this book's ...
June 18, 2018
At a Dinner Party for White (Wo)men
[T]he other plates are creatively imagined vaginas…The Sojourner Truth plate is the only one in the collection that shows—instead of a vagina—a face.
Alice Walker, in response to Judy Chicago’s 1970 exhibit The Dinner Party
Everyone else is invited to meet their vaginas—
different denominations and ...
June 14, 2018
Three Minute Review: Burgess on Jackson
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2017)
1.) What book is this book’s frenemy?
They’re all the other books about small, quirky southern towns where everyone knows who just clipped their toenails and how short. While Joshilyn Jackson’s The Almost Sisters (Harper Collins 2017) shares some DNA with those books, it doesn’t feel ...