FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME
"Freedom Knows My Name is electric. Kelly mixes brilliant poetics with the political. Read this book and don't stop there. Scan the book and be transported to audio versions of some poems that truly capture the poet's literary and oral magic. Experience this book."
Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Author of We Cast a Shadow
" The poet. She is the sound of wonderful."
- Kalamu ya Salaam, Author The Magic of Juju: An Appreciation of the Black Arts Movement
In Freedom Knows My Name, Kelly A. Harris combines the truths of her Midwest upbringing with her adult life in the South, bearing witness to a changing America. With a nod to generations past "Negroes still bent in the fields of yesterday" to the changing of now, "may the heaven/ we prayed for come /out of nowhere" Harris' pen doesn't miss a beat, asking necessary questions in language that is critical and incisive. Yet these words linger long on love, hope, identity, and determination, "We are dangerous/ when we love We" yes, we sure are.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
Author of Haint