READ TO ME from... Toni Morrison AND Vickie Vértiz

Have you not read   SULA   yet? Buy it   here  . Buy Vértiz’s new collection   PALM FROND WITH ITS THROAT CUT  . Near Putney, VT? Come   see Vértiz at Antidote Books on Aug 19  .

Have you not read SULA yet? Buy it here. Buy Vértiz’s new collection PALM FROND WITH ITS THROAT CUT. Near Putney, VT? Come see Vértiz at Antidote Books on Aug 19.

 

Toni Morrison shaped literature, American and beyond. In this episode, we read a page from SULA in honor of her work, and we dedicate it to THE FREE BLACK WOMEN’S LIBRARY.

Morrison’s legacy is so vast, one reading isn’t enough! In Part 2, we read a poem by Vickie Vértiz, a poet channeling and crafting the language of her home, her culture, American history, the future. She dances out on the edge and pulls the center to her.

READ “Only we make beautiful things just to destroy them

And a correction! In the podcast, I use the words “Hispanic” and of “Hispanic descent.” I should have used “Latino” or “Latinx.” Here’s why.

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What did you love?

What was the first Toni Morrison book you read? What do you remember most? In this passage from Sula, what moment did you feel your attention zap upright? Where did it hit your heart. And in Vértiz’s poem, how did you respond to the cartwheeling and uncertainty? Which images wouldn’t let you go?

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