Halifax’s former Poet Laureate Afua Cooper and photographer Wilfried Raussert collaborate in this book of poems and photographs focused on everyday Black experiences. The result is a jambalaya — a dialogue between image and text. Cooper translates Raussert’s photos into poetry, painting a profound image of what disembodied historical facts might look like when they are embodied in contemporary characters. This visual and textual conversation honours the multiple layers of Blackness in the African diaspora around North America and Europe. The result is a work that amplifies black beauty and offers audible resistance.
Afua Cooper is a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University, where she also holds cross appointments in History and Gender and Women Studies.
Other publications from this author include:
- A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (2016)
- My Name Is Phillis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom (2009)
- Acts of Resistance: Black Men and Women Engage Slavery in Upper Canada, 1793-1803 (2007)
- Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora located in Canada (2007)
- The Hanging Of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal (2007)
- Copper Woman and Other Poems (2006)
- THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: Next Stop, Toronto! (2002)
- Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub (1999)
- Memories Have Tongue: Poetry (1992)
- Red Caterpillar on College Street (1992)
- Breaking Chains (1983)