People Not Things
Love Poems and Paintings for Humanity
by Genesis Be
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Pub Date 14 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 14 Nov 2023
Poignant and moving, this debut collection of poetry and paintings from Genesis Be bravely examines what it means to stay hopeful on the arduous journey to freedom.
Drawing on her activism and antiracist work as covered by the New York Times and VICE, Be examines tools of division and challenges our notion of freedom in an effort to combat racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Equal parts delicate and unapologetic, People Not Things is a powerful debut that will speak to the hearts of readers from all walks of life.
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People Not Things is a debit collection of poetry and paintings from Genesis Be. I really liked getting to see the two together, as if we were seeing the artist’s work in her own context.
This is an honest yet hopeful reflection on the author’s experience as a queer Black woman in America. She explores what it’s like to love, to be betrayed, to be ostracized, and to continue loving (and loving humanity). I was swept along by the lyrical cadence of the poetry and moved by the emotion and experienced shared. This collection is so worth the read!
Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me this book as an ARC. All opinions are my own.
I love the art in this book and it complements the poems intricately.
From the brief outline about the book, it says that the author draws from experiences in activism and throughout the book you can feel the anguish, rage, sorrow, hope, clarity, conviction...all of them blend in with human nature and the quest to be a better human. I related to "Activist for sale," because I've often been caught in the crossroads of calling things out for what they are and meeting demands of those who fund the campaigns I'm in. And, if there is something that called to the desire for security you'd better read "assess the exits," and you'll understand just how much of a privilege that is.
Thank you Netgalley for this eARC.