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Maia Brown-Jackson, author of And My Blood Sang, is no novice when it comes to using vulnerability to address the complexities of trauma in her poetry. Her words are an unfiltered journey into the depths of human emotions, where the wounds of the past find solace through the healing power of verse.


With a courageous pen, each poem becomes a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The poet's ability to transform agony into art is nothing short of remarkable. Maia doesn't just speak of trauma but confronts it, offering a guiding light for those who have walked these paths.


Maia masterfully navigates the delicate balance between vulnerability and strength, reminding us that in the face of trauma, there is still room for beauty and grace. My favorite piece from the book is "The poet confesses." I’m sure I’m not the first writer who longs to, as the author says, “Become eternal, etched in ink/on paper and skin.”


Her writing is a testament to the transformative power of words, being an inspiration to all who dare to explore the depths of their own emotions.

And My Blood Sang is a manifesto of survival: through poems as lush as they are incisive, it contends with the darkness and emerges in a soft place where truths are uneasy but vital. These poems may be difficult, but they are also abundant, generous. Through an exploration of trauma (and its simultaneous universality and intimacy) the poems force the reader to come to terms with this following certainty: to save oneself means considering the deepest corners of one’s soul and shuffling powerful light into it, little by little.


“But it seems my heart is alive/and perhaps I should treat it/as a more/precious thing than/I do”, Maia Brown-Jackson writes. This collection is an act of bravery, and the poet, in search of salvation, triumphantly confronts the violence and deconstructs it with her heart on her sleeve—and what a precious thing it is, indeed.

from Aïcha Martine Thiam, author of At Sea and Burn the Witch

In this captivating collection, emotion spills from the pages like a river—each poem a testament to the vulnerability of love and the intricate dance between desire and restraint. With verses that cut to the core of the art of humanity and the depths of passion and fragile threads that bind us all, Maia Brown-Jackson takes you on a journey through the labyrinth of the heart, leaving you breathless, questioning, and ultimately deeply moved.

The words within these pages resonate with a raw, unfiltered honesty that pierces the heart. Maia's ability to capture the essence of longing, sorrow, and the bittersweet nature of existence is truly remarkable. Each poem is a poignant reminder of the aches and joys that define our humanity. It's a work that will make you reflect on life's most profound moments, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. A must-read for anyone who craves poetry that touches the core of our shared human experience.

from P.D. Vulpe, author of From Great Heights

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