Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone works as ode and requiem to document the precious narratives held inside the body of a black girl. Opening with declarations of self-love, beauty, eulogy, and Lil’ Kim rapping in the rain, the landscape of Nurse’s poetry functions equally as underworld and imagined heaven. Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone sees Renisha McBride, Sandra Bland, Korrynn Gaines, and others not as ornamental nor does the book attempt to canonize the dead women as saints. The poems see them as they are: play-cousins, home-girls, the mirror. Line to line, there is an obsession with keeping all of the women in the poems safe and perhaps resurrectable. The black girl who is alive here lives to switch her waistline to a reggae beat. She is in the middle of the dance floor with a suicide note in her purse as a means of warding off bad juju. Always, she is chasing joy head-on, at warp speed.
Thiahera Nurse is a poet and educator from Hollis,Queens. Her work can be found in The Offing, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 Poets House Fellow. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin. Her chapbook “Some Girls Survive On Their Sorcery Alone” is available now. She writes for the black girls.
1 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)
2 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)
3 – Puro Amor – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)
4 – Micro Chapbook RPG: EVIL EDITION – Noah Patterson, Dean Spencer, Patrick E. Pullen (Independently published, 2020)
5 – These Dark Days – Hope Zane (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)
6 – Crying in Color – Amanda Lucinda (Independently published, 2020)
7 – Twelve: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale – Andrea Blythe (Interstellar Flight Press, 2020)
8 – Pieces of Me – Ashley Jataun Moore Ellis (Independently published, 2020)
9 – The Florida Skunk Ape – Jacob Desjarlais (Independently published, 2020)
10 – ready. set. bloom.– mairee (mary) (mairee publishing, 2020)