Rachel Eliza Griffith’s hybrid poetry and photo collection, Seeing the Body, is a luminous exploration of grief, Black womanhood, somatic memory, and radical self-love. Written for her late mother, these poems and photos reckon with mourning and daughterhood through a tender, transformative lens. Recommended By Ariel K., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Poems and photographs collide in this intimate collection, challenging the invisible, indefinable ways mourning takes up residence in a body, both before and after life-altering loss.
In radiant poems--set against the evocative and desperate backdrop of contemporary events, pop culture, and politics--Rachel Eliza Griffiths reckons with her mother's death, aging, authority, art, black womanhood, memory, and the American imagination. The collision of text and imagery offers an associative autobiography, in which narratives of language, absence, and presence are at once saved, revised, and often erased. Seeing the Body dismantles personal and public masks of silence and self-destruction to visualize and celebrate the imperfect freedom of radical self-love.
From "Color Theory & Praxis (II)"
tell me, what color does your future have? &
what will my unborn children forgive
when they are asked to love you?