“From the heroic life of Sarah Moore Grimke, southern born abolitionist and suffragette, Amy Benson Brown has fashioned a book of poems that is breathtaking to read. With its Biblical resonances and keen insights, this is a book to treasure not only for its history but for its meaning in the present.”
—Alicia Ostriker, Emeriti Professor English, Rutgers University
“What a brave and beautiful book. Brown’s powerful collection of poems documents the horrors of slavery and engages with our histories in ways that have so much to teach us. Memory, these poems show us, is dangerous and ever-changing. And it must be listened to. This debut collection reveals the American past in a new light.”
—Nicole Cooley, MFA Director, Queens College
“The Grimke family is most worthy poetic subject and Brown renders the characters
with tenderness and clarity.”—Natasha Trethewey, Professor of Creative Writing, Emory University and Poet Laureate of the United States
Women’s History Month Note:
On March 9th, I participated in a celebration of the Grimke sisters’ life and work in their last home town–Hyde Park in Boston. What a fantastic and vibrant community! So, I want to send a special thank-you to the organizers and all who attended Saturday’s event, sponsored by the Hyde Park Main Streets. I’m sorry that I could not stay longer and continue those interesting conversations. But attendees are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.