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Review: Black Queer Hoe by Britteney Black Rose Kapri

December 14, 2018
Black Queer Hoe, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, InToriLex
Published By: Haymarket Books on September 4, 2018
Format Read: Paperback Edition (120 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ Feminism/ LGBTQ
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Purchased
Rating: FIVE STARS

Black Queer Hoe (BreakBeat Poets)~Amazon~ Women’s sexuality is used as a weapon against them. In this stunning debut, Britteney Black Rose Kapri lends her unmistakable voice to fraught questions of identity, sexuality, reclamation, and power, in a world that refuses Black Queer women permission to define their own lives and boundaries.

VERDICT:


Content Warning: Racism, Feminism, Sexually Explicit Language

REVIEW:

From the introduction to the last page this collection of poems entertained, enlightened, and challenged me. The topics of the poems ranged from serious explorations on race, body image, hoeness, and queerness. I related to this book in a multitude of ways because of the honesty and humor. I have already reread poems and keep thinking about certain lines. The ability of this author to compelling be herself and own her full identity without compromise, challenged me to take a closer look at myself. It is easy to forget to practice self love and ignore the many ways society wants to limit who women are.
i'm not your black friend. not your hero. this book isn't for you. its a celebration of my Blackness, my Queerness, my Hoeness, none of which exists without the other
The tragic cost of being black, poor and male is deftly explored in the poem for Colored boys who considered gangbanging when being Black was too much. The title alone speaks volumes about the reality's and choices people face because of racism. There are far too many people who treat racism like a series of isolated incidents instead of a systematic problem. This book challenges readers to reexamine how they overlook and confront oppression in all of its forms. It also explores sexuality in a unflinching celebratory way, which I cheered on loudly. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys modern poetry.
but we don't talk about it. because its ugly. and we are taught to bury our ugly in lovers who have already seen us
Recommended for Readers who
- readers who want to think more deeply about racism, sexuality and womenhood
- enjoy well crafted poetry from own voice authors
- want to consider changing the way they approach allyship

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Britteney Black Rose Kapri
Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a poet, teaching artist, petty enthusiast and Slytherin from Chicago. Currently she is an alumna turned Teaching Artist Fellow at Young Chicago Authors. She is a staff member for Black Nerd Problems and Pink Door Women’s Writing Retreat. Her first chapbook titled “Winona and Winthrop” was published in June of 2014 through New School Poetics. She has also been published in the Breakbeat Poets volume One & Two, Poetry Magazine, Vinyl, Day One, Seven Scribes, The Offing, Kinfolks Quarterly and her number on many dive bar bathroom walls. She is a 2015 Rona Jaffe Writers Award Recipient. You can probably find her on twitter talking shit about all the things you love, in a classroom talking shit about your kids or at a barstool just talking shit.
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