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Body Not My Own

Tanque R. Jones

African American Studies, Poetry

Published: February 2021
ISBN: 9780940713291
Pages: 81 Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Body Not My Own is a poetic journey into the minds and hearts of Africans who endured and overcame slavery in the United States. With a truly astonishing imagination and a capacity for empathy that reaches back three centuries, the poet evokes the worldview, daily survival strategies, and rituals that Africans conceived in order to endure and transcend a system that ravaged their human identity, dignity and agency. Through the poet’s exquisitely drawn imagery, we are inside plantation culture, witnessing the pervasive violence, hearing the whispers of anger, observing the tenderness of lovers, and learning about the dreams that offered respite to each day’s brutality. These powerful poems offer insight into the historic resolve, self-determination and resilience of the enslaved African community.

Published by: Lotus Press

Tanque R. Jones lives in Knoxville, TN, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. Her poems have been published in Clackamas Literary Review, Connecticut River Review, West Trade Review, and Colere. Her poetry speaks powerfully of race, class and African American history, from the slavery era to the present. Her first collection of poems was entitled Woman in Transition.