In this collection, the neighborhood bar is an adult playground. The metaphor is extended by a motif which includes children’s rhymes and references to toys and games. The language is gritty in spots, and sometimes profane, but always life-affirming.
Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Mosaic (NightBallet Press, 2013) and Onomatopoeia (NightBallet Press, 2015). Her work has also appeared in print journals including Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias, The Mom Egg Review, and Blackberry as well as online at TimBookTu and Femficatio.
The memoir of a 50-year-old Black American woman who survived the ideological race, class, and gender wars in academe in the ’90s! The narrative explains how Ms. King transformed from a former English instructor into a language artist and small-press publisher. Good for her…but what about the following generations of girls?