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Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought
edited by Briona Simone Jones

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    Format: Paperback, 224 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9781620975763
    Imprint: The New Press
    Publisher: The New Press
    Parent Company: The New Press
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    A groundbreaking collection tracing the history of intellectual thought by Black Lesbian writers, in the tradition of The New Press’s perennial seller Words of Fire

    African American lesbian writers and theorists have made extraordinary contributions to feminist theory, activism, and writing. Mouths of Rain, the companion anthology to Beverly Guy-Sheftall’s classic Words of Fire, traces the long history of intellectual thought produced by Black Lesbian writers, spanning the nineteenth century through the twenty-first century.

    Using "Black Lesbian" as a capacious signifier, Mouths of Rain includes writing by Black women who have shared intimate and loving relationships with other women, as well as Black women who see bonding as mutual, Black women who have self-identified as lesbian, Black women who have written about Black Lesbians, and Black women who theorize about and see the word lesbian as a political descriptor that disrupts and critiques capitalism, heterosexism, and heteropatriarchy. Taking its title from a poem by Audre Lorde, Mouths of Rain addresses pervasive issues such as misogynoir and anti-blackness while also attending to love, romance, "coming out," and the erotic.

    Contributors include:
    Barbara Smith
    Beverly Smith
    Bettina Love
    Dionne Brand
    Cheryl Clarke
    Cathy J. Cohen
    Angelina Weld Grimke
    Alexis Pauline Gumbs
    Audre Lorde
    Dawn Lundy Martin
    Pauli Murray
    Michelle Parkerson
    Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
    Alice Walker
    Jewelle Gomez

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