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HoodWitch

HoodWitch

by Faylita Hicks

Paperback(1)

$16.00
Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on October 15, 2019

Overview

This riveting debut from poet Faylita Hicks is a reclamation of power for black women and nonbinary people whose bodies have become the very weapons used against them. HoodWitch tells the story of a young person who discovers that they are “something that can & will survive / a whole century of hunt.” Through a series of poems based on childhood photographs, Hicks invokes the spirits of mothers and daughters, sex workers and widows, to conjure an alternative to their own early deaths and the deaths of those whom they have already lost.

In this collection about resilience, Hicks speaks about giving her child up for adoption, mourning the death of her fiancé, and embracing the nonbinary femme body—persevering in the face of medical malpractice, domestic abuse, and police violence. The poems find people transformed, “remade out of smoke & iron” into cyborgs and wolves, machines and witches—beings capable of seeking justice in a world that refuses them the option.

​Exploring the intersections of Christianity, modern mysticism, and Afrofuturism in a sometimes urban, sometimes natural setting, Hicks finds a place where “everyone everywhere is hands in the air,” where “you know they gonna push & pull it together. / Just like they learned to.” It is a place of natural magick—where someone like Hicks can have more than one name: where they can be both dead and alive, both a mortal and a god.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946724243
Publisher: Acre Books
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Series: ACRE Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Faylita Hicks is a black queer writer who received her MFA in creative writing from Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency program and lives in San Marcos, Texas.