Poems (Cave Canem Poetry Prize)
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The poems in Chekwube Danladi's debut collection ardently expose unnamed spaces of agency, proclaiming power and beauty through an unaccustomed yearning. Semiotics contends with the thresholds, eagerly transgressing the limits of material and spiritual realms in pursuit of personal and collective liberation. These poems negotiate a captive erotic condition and augur a hesitant yet lush embodiment, unearthing a Black femininity preoccupied with retrieving its unfettered freedom by any means. Activating a many-layered language that is at once political and delicate, Danladi conjures the unsightly and the sacred across poems that are vigilant, penetrating, and deeply evocative.
University of Georgia Press, 9780820358109, 80pp.
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
About the Author
CHEKWUBE DANLADI is a writer and a reformed punk. She has received support from Callaloo, Kimbilio, Hedgebrook, the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Take Me Back, was published in the series New-Generation African Poets. She lives in Chicago.