Hello dear people. We are now putting the spotlight on Linda Addison. Addison is an American poet and writer of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. She is also the first African-American to win (four times!) the Bram Stoker Award. So much to say about this writer, but I will let her work do the talking…
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Sycorax’s Daughters Unveiled
by Linda D. Addison
Descendants of the unseen,
born from uterus: bruised, abused, loved, rejected.
Alive, in spite of the promise of death,
giving birth even while silently weeping blood.
We paint red memories of our lives
before prison, on walls made from
our sweat, our anger, and the blood of
our children: unborn, reborn in mourning.
Descending from human to property,
turning to Nyavirezi, lion goddess, for hope,
for a way to survive each bitter breath,
to use the growing Shadows for transformation.
Finding truth in rivers, rain, tree roots,
flowers, herbs. Earth delivers healing &
a way for revenge, for freedom, even if
just surrendering to a cliff’s edge.
Ascending back to Self, the dream was
never deferred, but a tiny seed, carried
deep in tortured wombs, fed by near madness,
rising from ashes, rebuilt from courage.
As daughters of daughters,
we speak Our fables
from mouths full of lightning:
of mermaids, magic, demons, vampires,
journeys to hell and back, shape shifters,
ravished bodies & strengthened souls,
alternate futures, babies wanted & rejected,
firestarters, ghosts, and transhumans.
read Our words & know:
We Are Here.
I hope you enjoy the poem. I hope to find more of Ms. Addison’s work, but there is a book that is available on Amazon called How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend, a collection of horror and science fiction short stories and poetry.
Enjoy your day, be blessed!
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