Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. African American Studies. DOMINA UN/BLUED dislocates the traditional slave narrative, placing the slave's utterance within the map and chronicle of conquest. Charting a diaspora of the human spirit as well as a diaspora of an individual body, Ruth Ellen Kocher's award-winning new book reaches beyond the story of historical involuntary servitude to explore enslavements of devotion and desire, which in extremity slide into addiction and carnal bondage.
About the Author
Ruth Ellen Kocher's books include Desdemona's Fire (Naomi Long Madget Award for African American Poets; Lotus Press, 1999), WHEN THE MOON KNOWS YOU'RE WANDERING (Green Rose Prize; New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2001), and ONE GIRL BABYLON (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2003). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, and New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. She teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.