A Bound Woman Is A Dangerous Thing || Lessons Through Poetry


Title: A Bound Woman Is A Dangerous Thing
Author: DaMaris B. Hill
Page Count: 192 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests. In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, DaMaris Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes, illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout.

For black American women, the experience of being bound has taken many forms: from the bondage of slavery to the Reconstruction-era criminalization of women; from the brutal constraints of Jim Crow to our own era’s prison industrial complex, where between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by 700%.* For those women who lived and died resisting the dehumanization of confinement–physical, social, intellectual–the threat of being bound was real, constant, and lethal.

In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, Hill presents bitter, unflinching history that artfully captures the personas of these captivating, bound yet unbridled African-American women. Hill’s passionate odes to Zora Neale Hurston, Lucille Clifton, Fannie Lou Hamer, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, and others also celebrate the modern-day inheritors of their load and light, binding history, author, and reader in an essential legacy of struggle.




Poetry is a tricky genre for me. It can either wow me or completely turn me off poetry for the next 10 months. This collection however was extremely powerful. I’ve not read poetry like this!
As the author states, “These poems honor black women who had experiences with incarceration. They were inspred by current events and historical framing of Black women freedom fighters ………”
Just from those words alone you know you’re in for some powerful messages and the ugliest of truths. I learned so much about the history of these women and had to know more. I googled everything I could find about these beautiful and brave women. Don’t go in lightly though, these are meant to hurt, they’re meant to spark conversation and meant to be HEARD.
In this collection, every poem is devoted to an African-American woman who has fought for her freedom in the darkest of times. You need to read these poems. Excellent writing and full of knowledge.
**Thank you Bloomsbury for sending a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.**

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