This collection of poetry adds a new, distinctive, and bi-national voice to the growing international tradition of women’s writing. In a sense, it is a memoir in miniature. By reading this book, we join the poet on a reflective and cathartic life’s journey that begins with the poem Death of a Mother and ends some thirty years later with Sun Children, a celebratory poem for her grandchildren.
Rodway’s poems explore a wide and fascinating range of subjects, which focus on the personal and the political and on issues of class, gender, and racism.
“Her language reflects the commonplaces of domestic feeling struggling out of the commonplace, much like the confessional women poets of the American Sixties; its simplicities deceptive, like the quieter poems of Audre Lord, or Gwendolyn Brooks’s Brownsville poems, and like them reaching back to the populist vein in Langston Hughes.”
--Professor Anthony O’Brien, English Department, Queens College
ABOUT THE POET
Cicely A. Rodwayis an Assistant Professor in the English/SEEK Department at Queens College (CUNY), New York.