Tuesday, March 22, 2016

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf - Ntozake Shange

This is a series of poems presented as a stage play, telling the stories of the titular colored girls. It's a deceptively simple read that packs a lot of emotion into each line. The edition I read had a great introduction by the author, discussing how the book came to be, early stage productions, and other fascinating background information. This book is a living document, and has been updated with new material over the years, so that it's stayed relevant. Each story breathes with life; the characters seem real. Their experiences are specific and yet universal. This book is definitely one that will stay in my mind for a long time.

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