Shadow Spotlight Week: Linda Addison


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.


Revoking banishment,

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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