Grand Marronage examines the lives of New Orleans' Creole women of color, told through multiple generations. The women in this collection find ways to diminish the impacts of racism and sexism, but not without cost. What must be given up for safety? How is the chain of familial trauma broken? What does inclusive liberation demand from us? The unspoken—in both family history and the historical record—is given breath in this multigenerational lyric. Grand Marronage takes a critical look at U.S. American capitalism, draws a map of the spiritual maroon community created by Creole foremothers, and offers a beginning of the work still to be done for this marronage to be complete.

Grand Marronage by Irene Mathieu

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