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Anarcha Speaks: A History in Poems

Authors: Christina, Dominique
Publisher: Beacon Press
BISAC/Subject: HIS036040, POE005050, POE024000
ISBN: 9780807009314, Related ISBNs: 0807009210, 0807009318, 9780807009215, 9780807009314
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 95,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: The reimagined story of Anarcha, an enslaved Black woman, subjected to medical experiments by Dr. Marion Sims. Selected by Tyehimba Jess as a National Poetry Series winner.

In this provocative collection by award-winning poet and artist Dominique Christina, the historical life of Anarcha is personally reenvisioned. Anarcha was an enslaved Black woman who endured experimentation and torture at the hands of Dr. Marion Sims, more commonly known as the father of modern gynecology. Christina enables Anarcha to tell her story without being relegated to the margins of history, as a footnote to Dr. Sims’s life. These poems are a reckoning, a resurrection, and a proper way to remember Anarcha . . . and grieve her.
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