Aja Monet, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
Event: Aja Monet, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
When: Sunday, May 7, 7:00pm
Where: The Odyssey
Powerful, poetic meditations on motherhood, sisterhood, spirituality, solidarity, displacement/gentrification, racism, and sexism.
I am 27 and have never killed a man
but I know the face of death as if heirloom
my country memorizes murder as lullaby
—from “For Fahd”
Textured with the sights and sounds of growing up in East New York in the nineties, to school on the South Side of Chicago, all the way to the olive groves of Palestine, My Mother Is a Freedom Fighter is Aja Monet’s ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world. Complemented by striking cover art from Carrie Mae Weems, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, genocide, displacement, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and Black joy.
Aja Monet is an internationally established poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator, and human rights advocate.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075