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A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 History Title for the season
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A revelatory work in the tradition of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, DaMaris Hill's searing and powerful narrative-in-verse bears witness to American women of color burd
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Damaris B. Hill writes the poetry of the bound black woman across the ages in this haunting, powerful collection. What you will read here is not just poetry, though. This book offers an education. This book bears witness. This book is a reckoning.
Diane S ☔
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
"The speed of light is almost equivalent to love come in a hurry.
There are thieves in the temples.
In the 1862nd year of our Lord,
there were 241 lynched
torn from wives arms and wedding Chambers.
Multiply that by the rope. Count the trees they strung from
The torches. All of this
done under the armor of white
mob violence.

This is just one of the poems written for Ida B. Wells.
An extremely powerful book. I have never read anything like this. Written in five different sections, explain
Anna (never_withouta_book)
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I honestly don’t know if I have the proper words to describe this book. I have never read a book of poetry like this. It truly is powerful and I walked away with more than I expected. Hill definitely schooled me on women & history that I knew nothing about. The read is quick for 163 pages and is one I would recommend whether you are into poetry or not. There is so much more in this book than you think.
Donna Davis
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
This compact but potent collection of poetry is so good that it hurts. DeMaris B. Hill spills America’s historical shame across the printed page with the articulate rage and power of the generations she writes about. My thanks go to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for the review copy. This collection becomes available to the public January 15. 2019.

The keys to reading Hill’s poetry are in the introduction, and in additional brief introductions at the beginning of each poem. These are broken down into
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very powerful unique book that is more than poetry, more than history. It’s a fast read and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

ive never read anything like this. Dr. Hill is brilliant and magnificent. I learned so many things about women I have never heard of. Powerful.
Ashley Southall
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black, fem
"The afflicted pray for healing– just as hungry people pray for bread, but when has God ever sent bread? In my recollection of the scriptures, God has always sent a woman."

I found an advanced reading copy of A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing from the book bins where I work and have found many of my favorites. I read it overnight.

Dr. Damaris B. Hill has given us an ode to women whose experience being black in America denied them its fundamental promises– life, freedom and agency, to start– with
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing was absolutely heartbreaking. Hill presents us with a topic that has been swept under the rug so many times in history. Women who were persecuted heavily because of their beliefs is one thing, but women who are persecuted because of the color of their skin and their intellect, power, and determination is another. I learned so much reading this book. The poems would spark me to do research after each one. It really opened my eyes. Everyone needs to read this.
Margaret Lukas
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's courageous, important, and thought-provoking. Half way through I quit reading and started over because I couldn't bear to be getting close to the ending. And when I did finish, I began again.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
"How many ways did you write women? How many ways did you right women?"

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for violence against women, including rape.)

The afflicted pray for healing—just as hungry people pray for bread, but when has God ever sent bread? In my recollection of the scriptures, God has always sent a woman.



simple past tense and past participle of bind.


tied; in bonds: a bound prisoner.

made fast as if by a band or bo
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“What is so threatening about a Black woman bound to her freedom, one who is also committed to the liberation of others?”

This is history told through poetry. It is a history of the incarceration of African America Women throughout the decades. Whether that be through slavery, Jim Crow crow, the policing of women’s bodies/decisions, or through marriage this collection highlights all the ways Black Women have been oppressed. Starting with the preface, this collection packs an emotional punch. Hill
TJ Frostt
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Bloomsbury Publishing for the ARC! This book will be available for sale on January 15, 2019.
“Between 1980 and 2014 the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%” -The Sentencing Project
This is an anthology, beautifully curated and translated, in 163 pages of history. Hill opens the book up with a powerful preface, that you must read! I promise, it’s a must. I’ve always enjoyed poetry, but I can honestly say, I’ve never seen it done like this before. A Bound Woman is a
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This poetry collection is a history, a tribute, and a love letter to black women. And it’s pretty amazing.

I know poetry can seem daunting. But this collection kind of defies the traditional form. It’s history spoken in poetry. It’s a narrative written in verse. While I loved the poems dedicated to the women (a few favorites were “Black Bird Medley”, “#SandySpeaks is a Choral Refrain”, and really all the poems devoted to Assata Shakur), I was surprised by how moved I was when Hill shifted to her
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poême, to-review
I inadvertently finished my first #ReadHarder2019 task - poetry collection pubbed after 2014 - because the flap copy for this book doesn’t mention that DaMaris Hill’s responses are in poetry form! 🙀 (well, the Claudia Rankine comp should have clued me in, maybe) And they are STUNNING. Each one is for a Black woman “bound” by incarceration, whether enslavement, racism, Jim Crow, misogyny, or the modern prison-industrial complex. Highly recommend.

The highlight of this collection is a poem cycle fo
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I thought It would be, but I was far from disappointed. Reading history from strong black women, that basically didn't take any mess from anyone was amazing and the poetry to go along with it was even better. I read about some familiar names that hit home like Sandra Bland, to some unfamiliar names like Ms. Ida Howard. Thank you DaMaris Hill for creating this work of art, thank you for not only sharing these incredible strong black women's stories, but thank you for being o ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hill’s work is not just a poetry book honoring her ancestors, historical figures—some hidden figures and some known—-along with present day women. It is a much needed conversation about the lives of black women in a poignant, compelling and powerful way. Her writing is simply bound-less because of her ability to push boundaries. She invites you inside.
Hill’s debut collection follows in the same vein of Lucille Clifton’s Good Woman. This book is a must-read.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I grabbed this book off the shelf in my local bookstore, opened right up to the entry dedicated to Ruby McCollum and knew I had to have it this.

This collection of poetry is an ode to the incarceration of African American women. I loved the varied timeline how DaMaris explores women from then to now. Black women are not scared; still viewed as property. Among these pages, our stories are told and scarfices acknowledged.
I loved, loved, loved this book! Part memoir, part ode/tribute to her ancestors and mentors and very thoroughly researched and curated, this book is truly memorable. I had the privilege of attending a reading by the author and it made me appreciate the work and vulnerability it took to create. Highly recommend.
Nathaniel Darkish
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of poetry with a strong, passionate voice. My only complaint is that the informational bits on the women that inspired the poems were helpful, but a bit inconsistent in their quality of content.
These poems and the introduction to each poem are more little packets of history than anything. Introduced me to many historical figures and some modern ones, all black women (per the title). Definitely worth reading though less for the poetry than the history imparted.
Becky Hoffman
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved Ms. Hill's idea but it left me wanting to know more about each woman. Perhaps that was her plan along...
Katherine G Foster
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Hill weaves poetry and history seamlessly.
Zacarias Rivera, Jr.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Words flee my grasp. DaMaris B. Hill is a poet with phenomenal skills. Through this work she honors and venerates the females enumerated.
Samantha Pajor
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: race, poc, history, poetry
The poems weren't for me, but I loved the overall theme so I'd still recommend it.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of history, of poetry, desperate to be heard amongst all the noise in today's media. Remember the women, says Hill, what's more, learn about these remarkable women.
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