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She Has a Name (Stahlecker Selections) Paperback – October 1, 2013
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“A fierce love undergirds the poems in Kamilah Aisha Moon’s moving debut collection . . . She Has a Name is resonant in its grappling, wise in its recognition that what threatens to render them each undone is also inextricably part of what binds them to one and other.” (Natasha Trethewey)
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A Cave Canem Fellow, KAMILAH AISHA MOON has taught at Medgar Evers College, Drew and Adelphi University, and lives in Brooklyn.
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In our society, it’s taboo to speak of personal heartbreaks. Moon writes, “…I’m from the South, a suburb/where Grief pulls the shades first, stays home if indecent.” Fortunately, she is also a poet and loving sibling who recognizes she must give voice to a sister “with a native tongue of one.” Moon is equally frank in telling of childhood fights (“Her honor saved,/gauze and hydrogen peroxide fizzing/in broken skin.”) and in exposing her adult guilt (“Each visit home frays me,/the price I pay for being able to drive away.”)
Moon never wallows in self-pity. Instead, she invites us to the world family reunion where we each wear a name tag, have a story to tell, and claim each other.