"Gossypiin" by Ra Malika Imhotep
Ra Malika Imhotep's "Gossypiin" is an unforgettable collection of interconnected poems centered around the growth cycle of Gossypium Herbeceum, which is better known as Cotton Root Bark. The bark was used by enslaved women to end unwanted pregnancies, induce labor, and treat fertility ailments, among other things. Imhotep's poems transport readers to the antebellum era as she explores what life was like for Black women both then and now. By confronting topics like sexual violence, illness, and the physical and emotional toll of slavery with a mix of frankness and artful prose, the poet creates a powerful collection that's unlike anything readers will have encountered before.
Release date: April 12