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Burning Sugar-Poems of Our Time, Past and Present, and of Self.

-yes, blood is thick,

but water is life- from "Father"



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When I started reading these poems, I wasn't sure that the flow was for me. But the truth, pain, power, beauty, darkness, rage encased within each line and stanza spoke to the answering anger in me for our Blackness and shared history.

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Each poem read, was like having the conversation, as I'm sure many of us have had and are tired of having, especially in these times, which are not that different from times past. Our bodies have always been vulnerable. @cicelybelle_xo is sharing with this collection: experiences, thoughts, feelings, queerness, beauty, and witty humour.

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Throughout there are some one sentence poems that really pack a punch and made me laugh and sigh in exasperation and commiseration, because they conveyed much with little.

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Letters/thinks pieces entwined with poetry give the reader a deeper understanding of why Blain is writing. An important voice in the Black queer community, sharing their hopes, dreams, lives, struggles, sacrifice, fear, violence, and ongoing fight for true equality. A fierce and necessary voice.

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Support @arsenalpulp and @vsbooksimprint by ordering a copy, as this relevant, timely collection is out today. Thank you so much to the publisher for sending this collection our way.

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Faves include: Father, This Body, Toronto, Vancouver, Everything on Earth, Boys, Dear Diaspora Child.

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