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A Publishers Weekly TopHistory Title for the seasonA revelatory work in the tradition of Claudia Rankine sCitizen, DaMaris Hill s searing and powerful narrative in verse bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration It is costly to stay free and appear saneFrom Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, DaMaris Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes, illustrated with black and white photographs throughout For black American women, the experience of being bound has taken many forms from the bondage of slavery to the Reconstruction era criminalization of women from the brutal constraints of Jim Crow to our own era s prison industrial complex, where betweenand , the number of incarcerated women increased by % For those women who lived and died resisting the dehumanization of confinement physical, social, intellectual the threat of being bound was real, constant, and lethal In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, Hill presents bitter, unflinching history that artfully captures the personas of these captivating, bound yet unbridled African American women Hill s passionate odes to Zora Neale Hurston, Lucille Clifton, Fannie Lou Hamer, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, and others also celebrate the modern day inheritors of their load and light, binding history, author, and reader in an essential legacy of struggle The Sentencing Project


10 thoughts on “A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland

  1. Roxane Roxane says:

    Damaris B Hill writes the poetry of the bound black woman across the ages in this haunting, powerful collection What you will read here is not just poetry, though This book offers an education This book bears witness This book is a reckoning.


  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    The speed of light is almost equivalent to love come in a hurry There are thieves in the temples In the 1862nd year of our Lord, there were 241 lynched torn from wives arms and wedding Chambers Multiply that by the rope Count the trees they strung from The torches All of this done under the armor of white supremacy mob violence.This is just one of the poems written for Ida B Wells.An extremely powerful book I have never read anything like this Written in five different sections, explain The speed of light is almost equivalent to love come in a hurry There are thieves in the temples In the 1862nd year of our Lord, there were 241 lynched torn from wives arms and wedding Chambers Multiply that by the rope Count the trees they strung from The torches All of this done under the armor of white supremacy mob violence.This is just one of the poems written for Ida B Wells.An extremely powerful book I have never read anything like this Written in five different sections, explained in the preface As the author states, These poems honor black women who had experiences with incarceration They were inspred bu current events and historical framing of Black women freedom fighter A short description of the person, an accompanying black and white photograph, and poems, someone sthan one They will make you uncomfortable, they are in your face injustices Some of these women I had to look up on WIKIPEDIA because I wanted to know , see what was there.A book that leaves a powerful and unforgettable impression


  3. Never Without a Book Never Without a Book says:

    I honestly don t know if I have the proper words to describe this book I have never read a book of poetry like this It truly is powerful and I walked away withthan I expected Hill definitely schooled me on women history that I knew nothing about The read is quick for 163 pages and is one I would recommend whether you are into poetry or not There is so muchin this book than you think I honestly don t know if I have the proper words to describe this book I have never read a book of poetry like this It truly is powerful and I walked away withthan I expected Hill definitely schooled me on women history that I knew nothing about The read is quick for 163 pages and is one I would recommend whether you are into poetry or not There is so muchin this book than you think


  4. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    This compact but potent collection of poetry is so good that it hurts DeMaris B Hill spills America s historical shame across the printed page with the articulate rage and power of the generations she writes about My thanks go to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for the review copy This collection becomes available to the public January 15, 2019 The keys to reading Hill s poetry are in the introduction, and in additional brief introductions at the beginning of each poem These are broken down into This compact but potent collection of poetry is so good that it hurts DeMaris B Hill spills America s historical shame across the printed page with the articulate rage and power of the generations she writes about My thanks go to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for the review copy This collection becomes available to the public January 15, 2019 The keys to reading Hill s poetry are in the introduction, and in additional brief introductions at the beginning of each poem These are broken down into five sections that depict the different ways in which women of color have been bound over the centuries, and Hill points out that Black resistance didn t start with Black Lives Matter, and it didn t start with Dr King and Rosa Parks either American Black folk have been fighting for their rights for centuries, but some periods have been better publicized andwidely recognized than others The introduction is not long by most standards, but I found myself impatient to read poetry, so halfway through it I skipped to the poetry read the collection and then I went back to reread the introduction from the beginning After that I went back over the poems a second time, lingering over my favorites The review copy was a rough one, and it s hard to read poetry if the spacing is whack Your copy is almost guaranteed to be cleaner, but you may choose to read thesethan once anyway Strong poetry will do that to you Each poem is devoted to an African American woman that has fought in one way or another, and the conclusion is written for Hill s son The book is billed as a collection that takes us from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland, which it does, and both of these poems are resonant and in the case of Bland, achingly sorrowful My own favorites were those written about Eartha Kitt, who was familiar to me, and Ruby McCollum, who wasn t The poem about Alice Clifton made me wish I could unread it, because it is harsh and horrible, but in case it wasn t clear from the get go Hill isn t writing to spare our tender feelings She s pissed, and she s right to be These poems contain some of the finest figurative language I have read anywhere Highly recommended for those that seek social justice and that love excellent poetry


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    3.5 stars


  6. Traci at The Stacks Traci at The Stacks says:

    Poetry is tricky for me Still working on how to talk about it Loved the historical context and prose but couldn t always connect with the poemsa me thing than the poems Black women are powerful beyond any measure ever credited to them and that is loud and clear in this collection Hill is expert at depicting that.


  7. Melissa Melissa says:

    A very powerful unique book that isthan poetry,than history It s a fast read and I don t think I ve ever read anything like it.


  8. Feminista Feminista says:

    amazingive never read anything like this Dr Hill is brilliant and magnificent I learned so many things about women I have never heard of Powerful.


  9. Jamal Jamal says:

    One of the best books I ve Read this year for sure Damaris Hill delivered so many GOLDEN poems here introduced me to so many amazing black women and their personal histories I Am Excited to see what she does next.


  10. Rebecca McPhedran Rebecca McPhedran says:

    A beautifully written book about historical, and current women who have been incarcerated or killed for the color of their skin A searing book that speaks to the importance of speaking out against police brutality and wrongful incarceration The author tells of these important women through poetry, which makes this work evenpowerful A masterful work, that weaves together the beautiful medium of poetry, and the importance of our country s institutionalized racism DaMaris Hill hits such A beautifully written book about historical, and current women who have been incarcerated or killed for the color of their skin A searing book that speaks to the importance of speaking out against police brutality and wrongful incarceration The author tells of these important women through poetry, which makes this work evenpowerful A masterful work, that weaves together the beautiful medium of poetry, and the importance of our country s institutionalized racism DaMaris Hill hits such important and poignant points This book is difficult to read, but so, so important Put it on your shelf near James Baldwin and Angela Davis, because Hill s work belongs right next to those important voices