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The Body Family

Hope Wabuke weaves together a coming-of-age narrative of a Black girl, the child of immigrants fleeing from genocidal terror to America.

This imagistic and lyrical collection tells the story of a family’s journey to flee the murderous reign of Uganda’s Idi Amin only to land in a racist American landscape. Wabuke digs deeply into a personal and ancestral history to bring these poems to wrenching life, articulating what it means to be in a Black female body navigating the space of the Black diaspora haunted by both British colonization and American enslavement. In experimental forms and language both visceral and revelatory, Wabuke seamlessly weaves together a narrative of a Black girl coming of age in America set against a backdrop of gendered and racial violence.

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