From the Publisher
A powerful collection of original and recent stories and poems by some of today's most notable authors - including Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Alice Walker - and some of literature's newest voices that speak directly to the lives and concerns of African-American women in the nineties. Sonia Sanchez, Gloria Naylor, ntozake shange, and J. California Cooper join fifty-four other women from the African-American literary scene to lend their voices to the concerns, frustrations, joys, and experiences of Black women today. With courage, anger, and passion they confront the social issues of AIDS, crack, violence, abortion, and sexual abuse. They write of the sustaining bonds between women - among mothers, daughters, sisterfriends, lovers - and of the love of men and the absence of men in their lives. It is a celebration of the strength, diversity, and spirit of African-American women in the past, present, and into the future.
From The Critics
School Library Journal
YAFifty-eight African American women authorsAlice Walker, Lucille Clifton, Gloria Naylor, and Rita Dove among themhave contributed stunning poems and short stories to this contemporary anthology. Many different writing styles and viewpoints are represented in selections about motherhood, violence, sex, aging, drugs, health, friendship, and love. This is an in-your-face kind of book. Language is bold, frank, and sexual. It is an exciting mix of shock and sensitivity. Poems' titles alone, such as ``Dildo,'' ``Clitoris,'' and ``Masturbation,'' startle readers, but the poetry itself expresses pain, thoughtfulness, and perception of the human condition. This source may not be for everyone, but many young women will find it an affirmation of their lives, their coping skills, and their survival in a world that has not always been kind to them. A wonderful mix of brashness, sophistication, and delicacy.Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD