Synopses & Reviews
In her title poem, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers tells of the creation of barbecue, of how slaves cooked their masters' scraps into not merely a survival food but a cuisine. Powerful and moving, Jeffers's poems also provide more than mere sustenance, teaching that sometimes the "nasty leftovers" of life can be transformed into music, scripture, celebration.
"Honoree Jeffers is an exciting and original new poet, and the Gospel of Barbecue is her aptly titled debut work. These poems are sweet and sassy, hot and biting, flavored in an exciting blend of precise language and sharp and surprising imagery that delights. They leave a taste in your mouth, these poems; they are true to themselves and to the world. They are gospel, indeed, and this young poet will be heard more and more spreading the true word. Good news " --Lucille Cliffton