Khalisa Rae | Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat
With poets Dasan Ahanu, LB Thompson, Ashley Lumpkin, Melissa Faliveno, Melissa Crowe, Anna Lena Phillips Bell
An honest incantation and a forthright song to women of color grappling with the ever-present horrors and histories of the South.
“If storytelling in the griot’s hands is a form of resistance, then Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat is a form of control. Khalisa Rae’s poetics are unbreakable glass knives that own uncharted and unmarked underground burrows, providing refuge for righteous indignation. Unapologetic, slippery, but cautious language weaves inside, over, and under the remnants of sacrifice and atonement.—Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate
Khalisa Rae is a poet, queer rights activist, journalist, and educator in Durham, N.C., and a graduate of the Queens University MFA program. Her chapbook, Real Girls Have Real Problems, was published in 2012. She is Managing Equity and Inclusion Editorof Carve Magazine and Consulting Poetry Editor for Kissing Dynamite. Unlearning Eden is forthcoming from White Stag Publishing in summer 2021. She is currently the Writing Center Director at Shaw University and the newest writer for NBC-BLK and Black Girl Nerds.
Khalisa Rae's Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat is like a newborn scream that's been held in for eons. Sharp, strong, unapologetic, beautiful, and angry, the writing in this collection is a celebration of language and rhythm, and the words on the page run like the blood from a wound caused by racism. . . .