ISBN 9789966846754
Pages 104
Dimensions 178mm x 127mm
Published 2011
Publisher University of Nairobi Press, Kenya
Format Paperback

In Our Own Tongues

Poetic voices of three generations of African-American Women

by Fabu Madison

In Our Own Tongues gives poetic voice to three generations of African-American women. It celebrates how Black women speak and do in the ways best known to them. This powerful and healing collection of poetry touches on a variety of experiences in the United States regarding emotional abuse, physical and sexual assaults, racism, lynchings, political issues as well as the permeating smell of magnolias.

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In Our Own Tongues is an extraordinary collection of poems written with conviction, sincerity and originality about the days we did our part in the struggle for Kenyan freedom.”

Mumbi wa Maina, Activist

“This collection of autobiographical poems is an odyssey that begins in America and loops us “back” to the African continent, specifically Kenya. Fabu’s In Our Own Tongues is the story of three generations in which language is self-consciously chosen as a vehicle of human resilience and identity, yet also of inevitable transformation.”

Dr. Daniel Kunene, Poet and Retired Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison

In Our Own Tongues is a powerful expression of women of African descent’s resistance to all forms of oppression, including slavery, racism, colonialism and post-colonial tyrannical rule. The poems demonstrate how the river of resistance continues to flow through generations and expressed differently in the ‘tongue’ of each generation. The Poet is passionate and clear.”

Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, Associate Professor Department of Literature & Convenor, African Women’s Studies Centre, University of Nairobi