Spill -A Poetry Collection


Goodreads Synopsis: In Spill, self-described queer Black troublemaker and Black feminist love evangelist, Alexis Pauline Gumbs presents a commanding collection of scenes depicting fugitive Black women and girls seeking freedom from gendered violence and racism. In this poetic work inspired by Hortense Spillers, Gumbs offers an alternative approach to Black feminist literary criticism, historiography, and the interactive practice of relating to the words of Black feminist thinkers. Gumbs not only speaks to the spiritual, bodily, and otherworldly experience of Black women, she allows readers to imagine new possibilities for poetry as a portal for understanding and deepening feminist theory.

I really loved this collection.  I loved the images and the word choice, I loved how vivid it was.

Spill is a short collection of poetry, only around a 180 pages. I had a kindle version so that’s why I’m not exactly sure.  But even though it’s a fast read, it’s one of those collections that makes you want to sit down and read it slowly. And then read it again after you’re finished. With verses that pull you in like: “she could breathe. that much. she could breathe. and maybe her ribs felt it too much but it was there.” 

Or verses like: “once the sky was low. you could taste stars singing your hair you if you walked around unthinking.” 

I was not at all disappointed by this collection of poetry. It has inspired me in my own writing and I highly recommend it anyone who’s looking for a short collection to read.

I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads, and was given a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

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