AWARD-WINNING POET, PLAYWRIGHT, PERFORMER, NOVELIST AND EDUCATOR
From the poet, novelist, and cultural icon behind the award-winning and celebrated Broadway play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf, comes an evocative and moving bilingual collection of new and beloved poems.
In this stirring collection of more than sixty original and selected poems in both English and Spanish, Ntozake Shange shares her utterly unique, unapologetic, and deeply emotional writing that has made her one of the most iconic literary figures of our time.
This is an exemplary representation of Shange's body of poetic work.
—Publishers Weekly Boxed & Starred Review
"These powerfully swinging, jabbing, lamenting, testifying, and protesting poems deliver an array of voices sharing experiences sensual and violent, personal and communal, all catalyzed by the traumas and tragedies of racism and sexism and the transcendence of art, love, and hope.”
—Booklist Starred Review
“Shange is a unique and gifted literary executant and works under strong impulses to do things her own way despite settled conventions of craft.”
“Shange may well set herself along such writers as Toni Morrison and Isabel Allende—creators of poetic and historical tours de force.”
Ntozake Shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Born Paulette Williams in 1948, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Her works include the Broadway-Produced and Obie Award–winning For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Betsey Brown, Liliane, and Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.