A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing by DaMaris B. Hill

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

A revelatory work in the tradition of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, DaMaris Hill's searing and powerful narrative-in-verse bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration."It is costly to stay free and appear / sane."From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests. In A Bound ...

Details A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

TitleA Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing
Release DateJan 15th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
GenrePoetry, Nonfiction, History, Feminism, Race, Cultural, African American, Politics, Social Movements, Social Justice, North American Hi..., American History, Sociology

Reviews A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

  • Roxane
    Damaris B. Hill writes the poetry of the bound black woman across the ages in this haunting, powerful collection. What you will read here is not just poetry, though. This book offers an education. This book bears witness. This book is a reckoning.
  • Diane S ☔
    "The speed of light is almost equivalent to love come in a hurry. There are thieves in the temples. In the 1862nd year of our Lord, there were 241 lynched torn from wives arms and wedding Chambers. Multiply that by the rope. Count the trees they strung from The torches. All of this done under the armor of white supremacy mob violence.This is just one of the poems written for Ida B. Wells.An extremely powerful book. I have never read anything like...
  • Never Without a Book
    I honestly don’t know if I have the proper words to describe this book. I have never read a book of poetry like this. It truly is powerful and I walked away with more than I expected. Hill definitely schooled me on women & history that I knew nothing about. The read is quick for 163 pages and is one I would recommend whether you are into poetry or not. There is so much more in this book than you think. I honestly don’t know if I have the p...
  • Donna Davis
    This compact but potent collection of poetry is so good that it hurts. DeMaris B. Hill spills America’s historical shame across the printed page with the articulate rage and power of the generations she writes about. My thanks go to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for the review copy. This collection becomes available to the public January 15, 2019. The keys to reading Hill’s poetry are in the introduction, and in additional brief introductions at ...
  • Michelle
    3.5 stars
  • Traci at The Stacks
    Poetry is tricky for me. Still working on how to talk about it. Loved the historical context and prose but couldn’t always connect with the poems (more a me thing than the poems). Black women are powerful beyond any measure ever credited to them and that is loud and clear in this collection. Hill is expert at depicting that.
  • Melissa
    A very powerful unique book that is more than poetry, more than history. It’s a fast read and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it.
  • Feminista
    amazingive never read anything like this. Dr. Hill is brilliant and magnificent. I learned so many things about women I have never heard of. Powerful.
  • Jamal
    One of the best books I've Read this year for sure. Damaris Hill delivered so many GOLDEN poems here introduced me to so many amazing black women and their personal histories . I Am Excited to see what she does next.
  • Rebecca McPhedran
    A beautifully written book about historical, (and current) women who have been incarcerated or killed for the color of their skin. A searing book that speaks to the importance of speaking out against police brutality and wrongful incarceration. The author tells of these important women through poetry, which makes this work even more powerful. A masterful work, that weaves together the beautiful medium of poetry, and the importance of our country'...
  • Melanie Hilliard
    Coronavirus (update: Coronavirus + Rebellion 2020) book review #29 – 4.5 starsI’m still processing this epic piece of literature. I wasn’t expecting to need a poetry collection about the incarceration of African-American women as much as I did. The highs and lows, the historic photos, the simmering rage of injustice. While it is short enough to read in one setting, I had to keep putting it down, to let it sink in.As a Northwestern alum who ...
  • Katy
    In this poetry tribute, Hill celebrates the legacies of black women who resisted oppression and refused to be silenced throughout US history. Each woman has a black and white photo, a short biographical page about her and then a poem to celebrate her life. Hill’s subjects range from well-known activists like Assata Shakur to women I had never heard of like Ruby McCollum. I’m grateful to Hill for highlighting the strength of these women in all...
  • Aaryn Flott
    I really should’ve read the description better before purchasing because I was not aware that this was a poetry book! 🤦🏾‍♀️Anyway, despite my unawareness, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The poems were powerful, beautiful, and often heart breaking, as they are odes to incarcerated black women over the ages. I definitely want to do more research on the women who were portrayed at the prelude of each chapter. Their short biographies w...
  • Ashley Southall
    "The afflicted pray for healing– just as hungry people pray for bread, but when has God ever sent bread? In my recollection of the scriptures, God has always sent a woman."I found an advanced reading copy of A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing from the book bins where I work and have found many of my favorites. I read it overnight.Dr. Damaris B. Hill has given us an ode to women whose experience being black in America denied them its fundamental...
  • Hannah
    This poetry collection is a history, a tribute, and a love letter to black women. And it’s pretty amazing.I know poetry can seem daunting. But this collection kind of defies the traditional form. It’s history spoken in poetry. It’s a narrative written in verse. While I loved the poems dedicated to the women (a few favorites were “Black Bird Medley”, “#SandySpeaks is a Choral Refrain”, and really all the poems devoted to Assata Shaku...
  • Erin
    A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing was absolutely heartbreaking. Hill presents us with a topic that has been swept under the rug so many times in history. Women who were persecuted heavily because of their beliefs is one thing, but women who are persecuted because of the color of their skin and their intellect, power, and determination is another. I learned so much reading this book. The poems would spark me to do research after each one. It real...
  • Margaret Lukas
    I loved this book. It's courageous, important, and thought-provoking. Half way through I quit reading and started over because I couldn't bear to be getting close to the ending. And when I did finish, I began again.
  • Crystal
    These poems and the introduction to each poem are more little packets of history than anything. Introduced me to many historical figures and some modern ones, all black women (per the title). Definitely worth reading though less for the poetry than the history imparted.
  • Tamara Madison
    I blessed the blog with a review on DaMaris Hill's latest poetry collection. Don't let Women's History Month pass without spending time with this book! Find out why here: http://www.tamarajmadison.com/blog/bl... I blessed the blog with a review on DaMaris Hill's latest poetry collection. Don't let Women's History Month pass without spending time with this book! Find out why here: http://www.tamarajmadison.com/blog/bl...
  • Katherine G Foster
    Beautifully written. Hill weaves poetry and history seamlessly.
  • Sherri
    This book is a love letter to women who have been denied their humanity. Most of these women have been forgotten, shunned, and/or erased. Let these women dance among your days and with your nights. Dream better lives. This novel has clipped biographies before the dynamic poems, followed with amazing photographs that not only gives visuals of the passing of time (1980's to 2016/present) but gives a very real look at what these women went through. ...
  • Robyn
    Informative and thought provoking. I instantly wanted to talk about it. First Line: Reading about the Black women in A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing will not comfort, p.xi. Hill gives readers more than twenty Black women who were bound in some way. For many that meant being incarcerated, others it meant being denied their voice, their body, their mind. The similarity is not lost on Hill as her poems give a glimpse into their psych...
  • Viral
    DaMaris Hill gives us a collection of poetry here honoring black women over the years who have been bound in different ways, from women like Harriet Tubman who lived in slavery, to women like Ida B. Wells who fought Jim Crow, to women like Fannie Lou Hamer and Claudia Jones who were arrested resisting segregation, to Assata Shakur being framed by the feds, to Sandra Bland being killed by the state. It's a sweeping and powerful set of poems. Highl...
  • Ashley Kempkes
    Would be a very good addition to YA collections, especially in Middle and High Schools.
  • Jesse Mechler
    Education through poetry, this was an excellent yet challenging read. From the Claudia Jones chapter:"A nation is built brick by brittlebrick, blood in the mortar. A legacy,page by sacred page. How manyways did you write women? How many ways did you right women"
  • Chelsea
    A very important book of poetry to read, sit in, process, and feel through. My heart aches and longs for heavenly justice- READ THIS!
  • Leo Rain
    Wonderful in a devastating way.
  • LeeTravelGoddess
    I loved this book... so much so, I will come back to it in 2020!!! 💚💚💚 I Love that she’s a veteran 💅🏽 now a professor!!! IT’S A TOPS Y’ALL!
  • mad mags
    "How many ways did you write women? How many ways did you right women?"(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for violence against women, including rape.)The afflicted pray for healing—just as hungry people pray for bread, but when has God ever sent bread? In my recollection of the scriptures, God has always sent a woman.boundverbsimple past tense and past participle of bind.adjectivetied; in bon...