Welcome to the month of March, folks!
I’m really loving the way things seem to be steadily progressing this year, in regards to this blog and reading specifically. Outside of this space… Let’s just say I’m grateful for this lovely bubble.
The books on my radar this month are absolutely unconventional. I have loved but not followed Helen Oyeyemi over the years and I’m excited to resume my affair with her this year. By the way, I have no idea why I’m making this sound obscene but let’s roll with it, shall we?
Meet the new releases coming in March 2019:
The Careless Seamstress by Tjawangwa Dema
Release Date: March 1st, 2019
This dazzling debut announces a not-so-new voice: that of the spoken-word poet Tjawangwa Dema. Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Dema’s collection, The Careless Seamstress, evokes the national and the subjective while emphasizing that what is personal is always political.
The girls and women in these poems are not mere objects. They speak, labour, and gaze back, with difficulty and result. The tropes are familiar, but in their animation, they question and move in unexpected ways. The female body—as a daughter, wife, worker, cultural mutineer—moves continually across this collection, fetching water, harvesting corn, raising children, sewing, migrating, and spurning designations.
The Careless Seamstress shows both startling clarities of purpose and capaciousness of theme. Using gender and labour as their point of departure, these poems are indebted to Dema’s relationship to language, intertextuality, and narrative. It is both assured and inquiring, a quietly complex skein that takes advantage of poetry’s capacity for the polyphonic.
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
Release Date: March 7th, 2019