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Post Number: 776
|Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 04:36 am: |
WHY did you pay $30 for my book? Was that shipping on Amazon.Com or something???? What happened?
Anyway.....you have NO IDEA.....how much joy you are bringing me by talking about my book. I'm so stoked that you actually read it and that you really, REALLY liked it. I'm so thrilled.
I'm having writer's block right now---and your praise is helping me to break out of it.
I truly believe that you would love reading the "autobiographical" NILE RIVER WOMAN---my poetry collection which pretty much documents my 20's.......and my most literary book, "Long Train to the Redeeming Sin" (short stories). In many ways, that's my favorite of the published books.
Stephen Elliott (Happy Baby), the one who hired me to replace Z.Z. Packer, says that I "write like a singer"---and that's always been my favorite compliment, because the reason I write poetry...is because I can't sing. And in a way....all of my writing is poetry.
ABM...did you "get it" that Rosaria was really the "Black woman" in the story and that RooAmber was really the "White woman"? I took the modern day "Black Man leaving Black Wife for White Mistress" and I INVERTED the two arch types----if people pay close attention to how Rosaria is "written", she's the typical Black woman's reaction to being left.....and RooAmber lives in the typical "dream state" of the ENTITLED white woman.
So desperately, I want Black American women to begin to feel that "entitlement". They do not---otherwise, they would be more interested in being happy and they would DEMAND it.
One thing I don't like about Black American women......is that they really don't care about other black women. If one of them is happy with a guy or has some attention...she could give a shit about the rest. They really are not "sisterly"----and they hide behind religion too much as well. They let the religion make them into cowards and weaklings---waiting on Jesus while life passes them by. SO...I didn't want RooAmber to be like that. I wanted her to be more like a White woman. Expecting life to serve her.
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