Harper Academic

Side Notes from the Archivist

Poems

by Anastacia-Renee

On Sale: 03/14/2023

Price: $11.99

Side Notes from the Archivist

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Side Notes from the Archivist

Poems

by Anastacia-Renee

On Sale: 03/14/2023

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Price: $11.99

About the Book

The award-winning, genre-crossing writer demonstrates her power as a funkadelic and formidable feminist voice in this rich and beautiful collection of verse and image—a multi-part retrospective that traverses time, space, and reality to illuminate the expansiveness of Black femme lives.

Side Notes from the Archivist is a preservation of Black culture viewed through a feminist lens. The Archivist leads readers through poems that epitomize youthful renditions of a Black girl coming of age in Philadelphia’s pre-funk ’80s; episodic adventures of “the Black Girl” whose life is depicted through the white gaze; and selections of verse evincing affection for self and testimony to the magnificence within Black femme culture at-large.

Every poem in Side Notes elevates and honestly illustrates the buoyancy of Blackness and the calamity of Black lives on earth. In her uniquely embracing and experimental style, Anastacia-Reneé documents these truths as celebrations of diverse subjects, from Solid Gold to halal hotdogs; as homages and reflections on iconic images, from Marsha P. Johnson to Aunt Jemima; and as critiques of systemic oppression forcing some to countdown their last heartbeat.

From internet “Fame” to the toxicity of the white gaze, Side Notes from the Archivist cements Anastacia-Reneé role as a leading light in the womanist movement—an artist whose work is in conversation with advocates of Black culture and thought such as Audre Lorde, Amiri Baraka, and Nikki Giovanni.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063221727
  • ISBN 10: 0063221721
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 03/14/2023
  • Pages: 144
  • List Price: $11.99
  • BISAC1 : POETRY / American / African American
  • BISAC2 : POETRY / Women Authors