My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter is poet Aja Monet’s ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world.
Textured with the sights and sounds of growing up in East New York in
the nineties, to school on the South Side of Chicago, all the way to
the olive groves of Palestine, these stunning poems tackle racism,
sexism, genocide, displacement, heartbreak, and grief, but also love,
motherhood, spirituality, and Black joy.
"Aja Monet ‘s poetry offers us textures of feeling and radical shifts of
meaning that expand our capacity to envision and fight for new worlds.
From Brooklyn, USA to Hebron, Occupied Palestine, we take a feminist
journey through rage and serenity, through violence and love, through
ancient times and imagined futures. This stunning volume reminds us that
conflict and contradiction can produce hope and that poetry can orient
us toward a future we may not yet realize we want.”
–Angela Y. Davis
150 pages. Paperback.