jessica Care moore writes that she writes to remind herself that she is a writer. Yet her writing has always leaped from the page like a healthy compulsion. To read her work is to understand that there are writer's who do so for their very survival; to cope, to process, to keep from killing. (To see her perform her work is another experience altogether---her powerful, sometimes rapid delivery can feel like a shower of bombs). She writes about the poet's diary as a time capsule for others to find and rewind, imagining that she may one day be torn from her page but with jessica there is no distance between who she is and her page, her work. Any future excavation of her work would likely summon her fire-throwing ghost itself. She breathes and bleeds for her poems, and we are all made anew by her sacrifice. --dream hampton, filmmaker, journalist
"I pray your voice is never bought, owned, silenced, censored, dimmed" --Ernie Paniccioli, Legendary Hip Hop Photographer
Jessica Care Moore's poems-fearless, resilient words with such real muscle-have continually spoken to and helped define a generation of urbanistas and our brothers, lovers, Daddies, cousins and homies. Once again she does not disappont. With God is Not an American she pushes us, pulls us, coaxes and calls us along with her on the rides of our lives: the rough, smooth, sexy, ugly, beautiful, rich, impoverished, kind and mean rides. Here she reminds us of the absolute power of and need for authenticity in any creative process. And I, for one, am both ever grateful and more, renewed. --asha bandele, author, poet, The Subtle Art of Breathing
About the Author
jessica Care moore is an internationally recognized poet, playwright and performance artist. She is the author of three plays, The Revolutions in the Ladies Room, Alphaphobia and her forthcoming multi media show, God is Not an American. She is the CEO of Moore Black Press, and is the author of The Words Don t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto and God is Not an American. She has performed her work all over the world, including South Africa, France, and Germany. She is an Apollo Legend and an award winning book publisher. Her house has published Saul Williams, Danny Simmons, asha bandele, Etan Thomas and others. Her work has been widely published by many mainstream publishing houses, and she is most proud of being the youngest poet featured in the Prentice Hall s Anthology of African American Women Writers. She is one of the returning stars of HBO's Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and Hosted and Executive Produced her own show, SPOKEN, directed by Robert Townsend on the Black Family Channel. God is Not an American is her third release.