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Negotiations
by Destiny O. Birdsong

    Publication Date: Oct 13, 2020
    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Paperback, 152 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781951142131
    Imprint: Tin House Books
    Publisher: Tin House Books
    Parent Company: Tin House Books
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    "Full of wonder." —Elizabeth Acevedo

    A Best Book of the Year at BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and Entropy Magazine

    What makes a self? In her remarkable debut collection of poems, Destiny O. Birdsong writes fearlessly towards this question. Laced with ratchetry, yet hungering for its own respectability, Negotiations is about what it means to live in this America, about Cardi B and top-tier journal publications, about autoimmune disease and the speaker’s intense hunger for her own body—a surprise of self-love in the aftermath of both assault and diagnosis.

    It’s a series of love letters to black women, who are often singled out for abuse and assault, silencing and tokenism, fetishization and cultural appropriation in ways that throw the rock, then hide the hand. It is a book about tenderness and an indictment of people and systems that attempt to narrow black women’s lives, their power. But it is also an examination of complicity—both a narrative and a black box warning for a particular kind of self-healing that requires recognizing culpability when and where it exists.