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how to get overby: t'ai freedom ford
Publication Date: May 2017
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how to get over is part instruction manual, part prayer, part testimony. It attempts to solve the readers problems (many of the poems are titled how to get over), while simultaneously creating themtroubling the waters with witness (a series of past life portraits) and blues (a world of bad news). Divided into four sections, live, lie, love, and die, this collection renders with utter realness the trajectory of getting over.
Praise for how to get over:
From the moment the poet declares that there's a plantation in them lungs, and sets the stage for a starkly muscled music, you may as well let loose your rigid misconceptions about what poetry can do and steel yourself as it becomes the way your body moves from one exclamation to the other. Each of these lean and urgent poems, bulging with insistent energy and image, is a hallmark of t'ai freedom's fierce inventiveness and refusal to settle for anything that lives its only life on the page. The fact that you aren't ready for this work is exactly why you need it in your life.
Patricia Smith, author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
tai freedom ford has written a Live/Lie/Love/Die survival guide for survivors of drug wars and hip hop fantasies; a gender-blurred bildungsroman built with the bone of poetry; a battalion of rhyme brilliantly etched across loss and discovery; a celebration of brown-skinned love and a boomboxed declaration of living filled with all the grit and spit it takes to make love last. This book has come just in time for all us who've been under the gun, under false pretense, under arrest, under the influence, and burying our hearts underground. Here we have a Harriet Tubman of a tome with a mission to deliver us from ourselves and unto ourselves, to teach us simply and profoundly how to get over.
Tyehimba Jess, author of Olio
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