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Black Phoenix Uprising

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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.

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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.

In this volume, Osayande honors those whose lives continue to spark movements for justice and liberation. These are poems inspired by and dedicated to Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Yuri Kochiyama, Malcolm X, Chokwe Lumumba, Muhammad Ali, Assata Shakur, Sandra Bland, Colin Kaepernick and the four congresswomen known as The Squad – Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib. With poems dedicated to Sonia Sanchez, Lucille Clifton, Amiri Baraka and Langston Hughes, Osayande pays homage to the literary tradition that serves as compass for his own work.

“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, Professor of English, Temple University

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.”

E. Ethelbert Miller, author, Fathering Words: The Making of an African-American Writer