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Moth (Me) by Amber McBride

 If there is a place of existence beyond the reach of words etched on parchment or songs whispered in the wind - Moth (Me) is the in-between of that space of inhaling, closing one's eyes to sit in a moment, and exhaling while opening eyes to the possibilities that invite us in to life. Amber McBride in her novel-in-verse has truly gifted us with glimpses into and beyond the right now, to other realms of the past, present, and future. In this work, this tender poet, parts the curtains, just a bit, between here and there, allowing the readers to feel the presence of those deeply loved, of hearing the melodies of the ancestors, of sitting in the cadence of the trees, of being loved and wanted - deeply, of wanting and hoping - totally, of guiding and shifting - eternally. Moth (Me) is the alternating voice we encounter in this work, met then by her co-sojourner - Sani. In unexpected twists and turns, in dealing with life and loss, with the volcano of emotions of coming-of-age, and of u

Caucasia by Danny Senna

 I went through a range of emotions as I read this book, so much so that at times I put it down and picked up a couple non-fiction books to peruse when the summersaults in my stomach became a bit too much. First, let me say that this is a work of creative craftsmanship, so beautifully written. Danzy Senna is a writer's writer. This was her debut that for years, sat on my bookshelf. The cover is what stood out to me. It was on a table at the Saint Louis County Bookfair, an annual gathering of bibliophiles from all over who eagerly filled carts and suitcases with tomes ranging from $1-5, all of them brand new. For years, I've read and reviewed works by Black/African American women.  That is why I picked up the book, placing it on my growing TBR pile, waiting for it to fit into the queue between seminary and teen literary works. This summer, in that steaming space between July and August, waiting on my daughters to figure out how they wanted to get all their stuff over a thousand