[09/21/2021] Gumbo Ya Ya by Aurielle Marie

[09/21/2021] Gumbo Ya Ya by Aurielle Marie

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University of Pittsburgh Press, paperback

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Publisher Marketing: Gumbo Ya Ya is a cauldron of multifaceted poems confronting race, binaries, and violence, soaring against the backdrop of a contemporary South. Armed with a poetic dexterity that employs urgent subject matter and sultry lyricism, Aurielle Marie's debut is as stunning as it is timely. The collection opens with a heartrending indictment of injustice. What follows is a striking reimagination of the world, one where no Black girl dies "by the barrel of the law" or "for loving another Black gxrl." Part ancestral and familial archival, part ethnography of Black femme resistance, Gumbo Ya Ya catalogues the wide gamut of Black life at its intersections, with cultural commentary and personal narrative. It asks us to chew upon both the rich meat and tough gristle, and in doing so we walk away, washed anew and more than satisfied.