Consensual Genocide

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  • Copyright: 2006-03-20
  • Publisher: Mawenzi House Pub
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Poetry. Gay & Lesbian Studies. Asian Studies. This long-awaited first collection of poetry by queer Sri Lankan writer and spoken-word artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is full of the stories we've been waiting for. Tracing bloodlines from Sri Lanka's civil wars to Brooklyn and Toronto streets, these fierce poems are full of heart and guts, telling raw truths about brown girl border crossings before and after 9/11, surviving abuse, mixed-race journeys and high femme rebellions. Consensual Genocide celebrates our survival and marks our rebel memories into history. "Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's words leap off the page--urgent, sumptuous writing that demands, and deserves, a wide audience. I'm listening"--Anna Camilleri.

Table of Contents

Eating a $5 plate of string hoppers, I think of my fatherp. 1
A love poem for Sakia Gunnp. 2
Persistencep. 3
Landmine heartp. 5
At the naturopath'sp. 6
Lots of reasons why I loved youp. 7
Dropping bombsp. 8
White Australiap. 9
Dreaming of the garden of edenp. 11
Tsunami songp. 13
Fifty yearsp. 14
Operation Babyliftp. 16
She asked me what my heart was likep. 17
Welcome to Slave Islandp. 18
Good burgher girlp. 19
Mi vida loca, summer 1998p. 21
Looking back (or why I wasn't a famous artist at 19)p. 23
Looking back #2/snapshot in colorp. 25
White mama bluesp. 26
Don't fuck anyone you wouldn't want to bep. 28
Colorslutp. 30
I am not Ellen Degeneresp. 31
You play love keep us together ...p. 32
Happy IWD!p. 34
So what the fuck does conscious mean anywayp. 35
This ain't the timep. 36
Evil bitch 3, the final chapterp. 37
Inflammatoryp. 39
When Kali and Oya metp. 40
Crazy girl on red bikep. 42
Good sistasp. 43
Mi papi mariconp. 44
Abortion poemp. 45
1997-1999p. 47
Citizenship is something you holdp. 48
Confrontation dayp. 49
9/11 in seven slamsp. 50
9/11/02p. 54
Biogenocidep. 56
How not to be bitterp. 58
Pretty light skin dreamp. 59
I am a contradiction to your definitionp. 61
Restorative justicep. 63
I have three photographsp. 65
Sweet waterp. 68
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