Black Phoenix Uprising
Paperback, 68 pages, 1st ed (2020)
Black Phoenix Uprising is a fearless collection of poems that exalts the eternal spirit of global Black resistance. With each elegiac line Ewuare X. Osayande honors the lives of Black liberators and resisters past and present and scribes a scorching testament critical of our present age of resurgent and recalcitrant white supremacy. Herein lies a collection of poems that unflinchingly faces the enmeshed realities of race, gender and class with the sensitivity of one who bears their scars.
Like fire, at times the poems burn with an unapologetic conviction. At other times they emit the warmth and comfort of loving family. At all times, these poems are uncompromising in their insistence of Black humanity and freedom. In these stanzas, Osayande stands at the intersection of time dancing across dimensions as he blazes a lyrical path toward a liberating future. In this highly-anticipated follow-up to Blood Luxury, Osayande offers a collection of poems that probes our conscience and calls out the spirit of resistance within each of us.
“This book is fire! A straight rebel yell! With Black Phoenix Uprising, Ewuare X. Osayande names our many names, mourns our many pains, celebrates our many glories. Osayande courageously and skillfully crafted this high-voltage assemblage of word power as a fearless field guide for all black phoenixes to rise and shine!”
Ursula Rucker, recording artist, Supa Sista, She Said
“Black Phoenix Uprising ascends as a call to resist political and spiritual paralysis. Osayande’s verse intensifies our understanding that activism paves the way for social transformation. These poems soar as a testament of Black ancestral and diasporic triumph of the human spirit!”
Joyce A. Joyce, author, Ijala: Sonia Sanchez and the African Poetic Tradition
“Black Phoenix Uprising is a collection of poems that captures and measures the motion of history. Here are praise poems for those that resisted the attacks on black bodies and for those who gave their lives defending the love of blackness. These poems rise and sing. Read them and experience the fire of truth.”
Ethelbert Miller, author, Fathering Words: The Making of an African-American Writer