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When fear gives in to fire, poetry happens.


Another must read memoir, by Jamaican poet Safiya Sinclair, who turns her pain into words that fuel her escape. "Sinclair thinks about what would surely become her bleak future if she stayed in this place “where I would watch the men in my family grow mighty while the women shrunk.” She didn’t know when or how she would do it, but she makes the decision to leave, quotes Alexis Burling in her excellent review. You can read the whole article here.


It is a stunning testament to a writer harnessing the power of pain to fuel profound and poignant writing. Through her collection of poems, Sinclair takes us on an intimate journey through her own experiences of hurt, trauma, and displacement. Her ability to channel her pain into her writing is remarkable. She confronts her personal and ancestral traumas head-on, using her words as a means of catharsis and healing. The raw emotion that permeates her poems is palpable, and it's evident that her pain is not just a source of anguish but also a wellspring of creativity. Well done, Ms. Sinclair, well done.


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