Thunder in Her Voice by Lita Hooper

I was really excited about this: the release of Lita Hooper's book of poems about the abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Thunder in Her Voice (Aquarius Press) builds upon the narrative of Truth by imagining interior moments of her life. The poet Kwame Dawes says, "Hooper's genius lies in her capacity for empathy and her ability to write a poetic line of such simplicity and grace that it turns even the most harrowing facts into beautiful laments of pain and hope."

If you are unfamiliar with Lita's work, take a look at her poem "Love Worn" which was chosen by poet laureate Ted Kooser as a feature poem on American Life in Poetry and has been widely published.

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