A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland Review

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A revelatory work in the tradition of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, DaMaris Hill's searing and powerful narrative-in-verse bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration.

"It is costly to stay free and appear / sane."

From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests. In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, DaMaris Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes, illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout.

For black American women, the experience of being bound has taken many forms: from the bondage of slavery to the Reconstruction-era criminalization of women; from the brutal constraints of Jim Crow to our own era’s prison industrial complex, where between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by 700%.* For those women who lived and died resisting the dehumanization of confinement--physical, social, intellectual--the threat of being bound was real, constant, and lethal.

In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, Hill presents bitter, unflinching history that artfully captures the personas of these captivating, bound yet unbridled African-American women. Hill's passionate odes to Zora Neale Hurston, Lucille Clifton, Fannie Lou Hamer, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, and others also celebrate the modern-day inheritors of their load and light, binding history, author, and reader in an essential legacy of struggle.

*(The Sentencing Project)

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    A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland Reviews

  • Roxane

    Damaris B. Hill writes the poetry of the bound black woman across the ages in this haunting, powerful collection. What you will read here is not just poetry, though. This book offers an education. Thi...

  • Diane S ?

    "The speed of light is almost equivalent to love come in a hurry. There are thieves in the temples. In the 1862nd year of our Lord, there were 241 lynched torn from wives arms and wedding Chambers. Mu...

  • Never Without a Book?

    I honestly don’t know if I have the proper words to describe this book. I have never read a book of poetry like this. It truly is powerful and I walked away with more than I expected. Hill definitel...

  • Michelle

    3.5 stars...

  • Donna Davis

    This compact but potent collection of poetry is so good that it hurts. DeMaris B. Hill spills America’s historical shame across the printed page with the articulate rage and power of the generations...

  • Melissa

    A very powerful unique book that is more than poetry, more than history. It’s a fast read and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. ...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    Poetry is tricky for me. Still working on how to talk about it. Loved the historical context and prose but couldn’t always connect with the poems (more a me thing than the poems). Black women are po...

  • Feminista

    amazingive never read anything like this. Dr. Hill is brilliant and magnificent. I learned so many things about women I have never heard of. Powerful....

  • Katy

    In this poetry tribute, Hill celebrates the legacies of black women who resisted oppression and refused to be silenced throughout US history. Each woman has a black and white photo, a short biographic...

  • Aaryn Flott

    I really should’ve read the description better before purchasing because I was not aware that this was a poetry book! 🤦🏾♀Anyway, despite my unawareness, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The p...