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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Paperback – September 1, 1997
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"For colored girls..." does not have a conventional "plot" or characters. The parts of the choreopoem are performed by characters described as "lady in brown," "lady in white," etc. Together, these women talk about spirituality, violence, female sexuality, music, and the discovery of one's heritage. One particularly moving part of the choreopoem is a tribute to Haitian leader Toussaint L'Ouverture.
"For colored girls..." is a stunning hybrid of poetry, drama, and feminist theology. It is both tragic and sensuous, with the healing power of ritual. The final scenes contain some of the most powerful words ever written for the theater. If you are interested in African-American literature, women's studies, or 20th century drama, I recommend you read this work.
****The main point of this whole set of choreo-poems is being happy as who you are, ultimately the redemption you seek is loving yourself. That is what makes these verses so powerful!
I have to admit, I had this book when I was younger and didn't appreciate it. Now, I am nearly 30 and it's with new insight and the wisdom of woman that I can feel and empathize with the pain, fear, humiliation, anger, frustration, longing, hope and courage of the 7 different rainbow colors (not skin colors)of ladies, from domestic violence, abortion, rape and other tales, it is something all women can relate to.
The message is told though in vernacular that often shows when you are sick and tired, you only want to vent, and poetically, not grammatically-correct is how we all vent. The vignettes in this play or choreopoems inspire to reach the hearts of not just all women, (no matter their color) but particularly African-American women. It definitely contains poems that are food for thought.
It is designed to provide hope. It seems dark what these women go through, their struggle, their pain, their fear, their humiliation, hurt, and ultimately their triumph, is something that can seem depressing to the immature reader (or the reader who only likes reading the happy ending). But this is raw truth, this is real, this is what happens in life and this is the story of not all women's lives, or even some women's lives, or even a majority of a particular culture of women's lives BUT EACH "COLOR" REPRESENTS A IMPERFECT LIFE.Read more ›
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Where do I begin?! This is an amazing screenplay/book. Read in one sitting but I reference it all the time. Everyone should submerge themselves in this work of art.Published 22 days ago by Victoria Bowden
I've never read anything like this book. It's a poem, it's a play, it is view of how black women see themselves and what their lives are like. It was interesting and a good read. Read morePublished 29 days ago by gmcw
It gives a vivid depiction of the lives of these women. I found myself knowing and empathizing with them.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Every woman who has experienced any kind of trauma should read this, but it is probably best to read it in a group. Very powerful and beautiful writing.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book changed my view on life as a colored girl living in America. P.S. way better than the movie.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer