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

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 History Title for the seasonBooklist's Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction titles for the yearBookRiot's "50 Must-Read Poetry Collections"Most Anticipated Books of the Year-- The Rumpus, Nylon 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 ...

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

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 were in...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 psyche. What ...
  • 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'...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kelly
    "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...
  • Jitendra Kumar
  • 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.
  • Simone
    “What is so threatening about a Black woman bound to her freedom, one who is also committed to the liberation of others?”This is history told through poetry. It is a history of the incarceration of African America Women throughout the decades. Whether that be through slavery, Jim Crow crow, the policing of women’s bodies/decisions, or through marriage this collection highlights all the ways Black Women have been oppressed. Starting with the...
  • Katherine G Foster
    Beautifully written. Hill weaves poetry and history seamlessly.
  • Julia
    I grabbed this book off the shelf in my local bookstore, opened right up to the entry dedicated to Ruby McCollum and knew I had to have it this. This collection of poetry is an ode to the incarceration of African American women. I loved the varied timeline how DaMaris explores women from then to now. Black women are not scared; still viewed as property. Among these pages, our stories are told and scarfices acknowledged.
  • Amma
    I loved, loved, loved this book! Part memoir, part ode/tribute to her ancestors and mentors and very thoroughly researched and curated, this book is truly memorable. I had the privilege of attending a reading by the author and it made me appreciate the work and vulnerability it took to create. Highly recommend.
  • TJ Frostt
    Thank you Bloomsbury Publishing for the ARC! This book will be available for sale on January 15, 2019. .“Between 1980 and 2014 the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%” -The Sentencing Project.This is an anthology, beautifully curated and translated, in 163 pages of history. Hill opens the book up with a powerful preface, that you must read! I promise, it’s a must. I’ve always enjoyed poetry, but I can honestly say, I...
  • Becky Hoffman
    I loved Ms. Hill's idea but it left me wanting to know more about each woman. Perhaps that was her plan along...
  • 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...
  • Zacarias Rivera, Jr.
    Wow. Words flee my grasp. DaMaris B. Hill is a poet with phenomenal skills. Through this work she honors and venerates the females enumerated.
  • Melissa
    I inadvertently finished my first #ReadHarder2019 task - poetry collection pubbed after 2014 - because the flap copy for this book doesn’t mention that DaMaris Hill’s responses are in poetry form! 🙀 (well, the Claudia Rankine comp should have clued me in, maybe) And they are STUNNING. Each one is for a Black woman “bound” by incarceration, whether enslavement, racism, Jim Crow, misogyny, or the modern prison-industrial complex. Highly ...
  • Shameria
    This book wasn't what I thought It would be, but I was far from disappointed. Reading history from strong black women, that basically didn't take any mess from anyone was amazing and the poetry to go along with it was even better. I read about some familiar names that hit home like Sandra Bland, to some unfamiliar names like Ms. Ida Howard. Thank you DaMaris Hill for creating this work of art, thank you for not only sharing these incredible stron...