Does your house have lions?

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Beacon Press, Apr 30, 1997 - Poetry - 70 pages
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An African American odyssey that explores the life of the author's brother from the South to the North, where he gradually becomes immersed in the gay subculture of New York City. Told in the voices of the author, her brother, and their parents and ancestors, this brave epic poem shatters silences surrounding gay sexuality in African American families and imagines the possibility of reconciliation and love.

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User Review  - Angťlique - Goodreads

3 1/2 Stars. This is a poem rooted in Black traditions of epic, ancestral story-telling. This is a poem of loss and disconnect and healing and hope. This is a poem full of living and of dying. This is a poem I look forward to re-reading again and again. Read full review

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User Review  - Rosalind - Goodreads

This is a pretty good book of poems. None of them really touched me deeply, but I enjoyed reading them. Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Born in Alabama, educated in New York City, Sanchez is a leading poet of the Black Arts Movement, whose poetry is written from political, economic, and social concerns as well as literary ones. Although her literary focus has been primarily to express her experience as an African American woman, Sanchez claims, "if you write from a black experience, you're writing from a universal experience as well." Sanchez's poems are direct, colloquial, and often militant. Many of her works are for children, such as her "poems for young brothas and sistuhs," as she puts it in It's a New Day (1971). Yet she also writes with tenderness about love. As academic interest in the voices of women and African Americans has intensified, critical interest in and acceptance of Sanchez's work has increased.

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