Call Her by Her Name
In Call Her by Her Name, the poet and performance artist Bianca Lynne Spriggs creates a twenty-first-century feminist manifesto suffused with metaphoric depth. This collection is a call-and-response of women—divine and domestic, legend and literal—who shape-shift and traverse generations. Through these narratives and cinematic poems, a chorus emerges of stories and lives rarely told.
Call Her by Her Name seeks to give voice to the voiceless, including lynched black women, the biblical "Potiphar’s wife," and women who tread the rims of phenomenal worlds—the goddess, the bird-woman, the oracle. While these poems reflect an array of women and women’s experiences, each piece could be considered a hue of the same woman, whether home-wrecker, Madonna, or midwife. The woman who sees dragons was perhaps once the roller-skating girl-child. The aging geisha may also be the roots woman next door. The woman who did not speak for ten years could have ended up sinking to the ocean floor. Spriggs gives each one life and limb, breath and voice, in a collection that adds up unequivocally to a poetic celebration of women.
Praise For Call Her by Her Name: Poems…
"In the future, these poems, in all their estrogen-centered splendor, will provide the blueprint for the experience that virtual reality will seek to replicate. But don't wait for science and technology to catch up with what Bianca Spriggs already knows. Immerse yourself in these pages now.”—Frank X Walker, author of Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers
TriQuarterly, 9780810132764, 96pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2016