& More Black
Author: t'ai freedom ford
Publisher: Augury Books (2019)
t'ai freedom ford's second collection of poems, & More Black, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK. By turns tough and sexy, wrapped up in the evolving language and sonics of life, these poems take their cue from Wanda Coleman's American Sonnets as they rhapsodize and dialogue with artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon, and Wangechi Mutu, along with many other musicians, artists, and writers. The kinetic energy of ford's words leap off the page in rebellious, stunning, and revelatory fashion—poems that mesmerize with sheer velocity and telling pauses.
"& More Black, ford's second book, is comprised of two beautiful back-to-back books for black butches about dyke dowry's and other gay dynamics and against a culture that relentlessly perpetrates anti-black violence."
"Throughout, black visual artists (many of them New York-based) provide inspiration and sounding boards for ford's own generative impulse, filling the book with visual references and a kaleidoscope of experiences that shed light on ford's own contribution....ford's sharp humor and unflinching gaze make this an engaging and wide-ranging work."
"Funked-up with the dark of the Gothic, with the hip-hop of the future, with electric vibrato and too much to swallow, t'ai freedom ford's & more black gets inside your lungs and Styx with you."
–Heavy Feather Review