Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Spilling Spill-Chapter 2: How She Spelled It

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978-0-8223-6272-2_prThe things black women write and how they write them. (The spells themselves and the black women who enact them…)

It’s about 7 weeks until the release of my book Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and I am so excited to share it with you! As the website says:

“In Spill, self-described queer Black troublemaker and Black feminist love evangelist, Alexis Pauline Gumbs presents a commanding collection of scenes depicting fugitive Black women and girls seeking freedom from gendered violence and racism. In this poetic work inspired by Hortense Spillers, Gumbs offers an alternative approach to Black feminist literary criticism, historiography, and the interactive practice of relating to the words of Black feminist thinkers. Gumbs not only speaks to the spiritual, bodily, and otherworldly experience of Black women, but also allows readers to imagine new possibilities for poetry as a portal for understanding and deepening feminist theory.”

I have decided to share the chapter abstracts with you one at a time.  Spill is not an easy book to describe, so I saw creating the meta-data, the abstracts and keywords that online databases and libraries use to search for books, as its own poetic exercise.  Here are the abstract and keywords for…

Chapter 2: How She Spelled It

This chapter presents scenes of articulation, the enactment of spells in the context of: sanding the floor, poisoning someone, prophecy, cutting oneself etc. The scenes take place in the presence of the historical existence of Kitchen Table Press and the Moynihan Report.   The spells are evidence of spiritualism and folk religion and emerge alongside the persistence of overwhelming violence and silence. The spells themselves and the black women who enact them would be of interest to people who care about digestion, resilience, slave resistance, revenge, domestic workers, unpaid reproductive labor, muteness, naming, the name of the mother, self-mutilation and/or the things black women write and how they write them.





Kitchen Table Press

Moynihan Report


You can pre-order Spill here.

Educators…order a desk copy or exam copy of Spill for a course you are teaching here.

If you are interested in writing about Spill or interviewing me about it please contact Laura Sells at Duke University Press—–

If you are interested in hosting an event contact Chad Royal at Duke University Press—

And if you missed them here are:

Abstract and Keywords for the Whole Book

Abstract and Keywords for Chapter 1


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