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The Gospel of Breaking

The Gospel of Breaking

By Jillian Christmas
Categories: BIPOC, Black Literature, Poetry, LGBTQ+, Lesbian Literature
Paperback : 9781551527970, 80 pages, 2020
Expected to ship: 2020-03-01
Expected to ship: 2020-03-01

Description

In The Gospel of Breaking, Jillian Christmas confirms what followers of her performance and artistic curation have long known: there is magic in her words. Befitting someone who "speaks things into being," Christmas extracts from family history, queer lineage, and the political landscape of a racialized life to create a rich, softly defiant collection of poems.

Christmas draws a circle around the things she calls "holy": the family line that cannot find its root but survived to fill the skies with radiant flesh; the body, broken and unbroken and broken and new again; the lover lost, the friend lost, and the loss itself; and the hands that hold them all with brilliant, tender care. Expansive and beautiful, these poems allow readers to swim in Jillian Christmas's mother-tongue and to dream at her shores.