Thick with Trouble (Penguin Poets)

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Thick with Trouble (Penguin Poets)

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From National Book Award finalist Amber McBride, a mystical, transcendent poetry collection about Black womanhood in the American South

In Thick with Trouble, award-winning poet Amber McBride interrogates if being “trouble”—difficult, unruly, fearsome, defiant—is ultimately a weakness or an incomparable source of strength. Steeped in the Hoodoo spiritual tradition and organized via reimagined tarot cards, this collection becomes a chorus of unapologetic women who laugh, cry, mesmerize, and bring outsiders to their knees. Summoning the supernatural to examine death, rebirth, and life outside the male gaze, Amber McBride has crafted a haunting, spellbinding, and strikingly original collection of poems that reckon with the force and complexity of Black womanhood.

Amber McBride is the author of Me (Moth), a young adult novel that was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and won the 2022 Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Her work has been published in Ploughshares and Provincetown Arts, among other publications. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia.

ISBN: 9780143137474

ISBN-10: 9780143137474

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 02/13/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/13/2024 - 12:00am

Pages: 128

Language: English


Poetry / American / African American & Black

Poetry / Women Authors

Poetry / American