Crooked Carousel: selected poetry (BOOK)

Crooked Carousel ( Nottingham News Centre Publications, 2017) is a thought-provoking and passionate, poetry collection, expressing black womanist experiences through poetic imagery of life as a ‘crooked carousel’.

Womanist theory, believed to be conceptualised by African American author and speaker, Alice Walker (1944-), often seems to concentrate on ideologies referring to the liberation, unification and ultimate freedom of women, particularly women of African descent and women from other diverse groups.

Thus, this poetry collection aims to capture and vocalise heightened experiences of, ‘African Caribbean British womanness’ and the aftermaths of yearning and having too much of our desires in displaced relationships as well as in cultural, social, political and religious contexts.

The tone of this poetry edition is packed with poetic expressions of repressed inner conflict, abandonment, passion and unanswered questions about life; yet encompassing language reflecting a sense of acceptance, realisation and inner peace.

The poems draws on experiential literary, cultural and theological influences to create poetry that expresses loves ‘neediness,’ a black woman's desire and thirst for knowledge; the comprehension and appreciation of those experiences, through spirituality and personal enlightenment.

Crooked Carousel offers a sense of restraint, juxtaposed with feelings of repressed passion and spiritual outbursts - a voice of a spirit ensnared and chained by inexperience and inequality, as a second-generation black British woman with a passion for life and love.

A must read for readers of black womanist literature and those interested in the transformational power of self-awareness, resilience and celebration of woman.

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