InÂ Freedom Knows My Name,Â Kelly Harris-DeBerryÂ creates the world anew from scraps of memories and rhythm. She bounces between the pages, as well as the accompanying audio version of the poems, with confidence. Kalamu Ya Salaam writes in the introduction â€œThe poetâ€™s task is to turn words into song, utter incantations that heal, inspire, be more than ordinary talkâ€ and Harris-DeBerry has a voice that encompasses each other those tasks. It is strong and it is unwavering. Whether she is on the page or in readersâ€™ ears, Harris-DeBerryâ€™s poetry is a bounty of culture, womanhood, home, and possibility. In an age where everything can be, and is, commodified for profit and the cool factor yet the actual Black artists producing the work can be undervalued, Harris-DeBerryâ€™s poetry honors and respects the legacies of Southern migration, the Midwest, and Blackness.
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