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Oral Tradition: Selected Poems Old and New

Firebrand Books (1995) • Buy Now

This third collection of poems by the author take their inspiration from her African American and Native American storytelling heritage. These are poems of finding home, making love, learning history and laughing. They are, like the narratives passed down from one generation to the next meant to be reinvented and heard aloud.


Review

"Each of the poems in this book tells a story, and each poem almost begs to be read aloud: hence the title Oral Tradition. These pieces exude unwavering confidence, one of the strongest aspects of Gomez's work. Through her writing, Gomez artfully transmits her surefooted empowerment to the reader. As when she writes about a work-place lunchroom display of photographs depicting nuclear devastation, her insights about the outer world are strong. In a very personal poem about strolling in public with a lover's arm around her, her complex emotions become tangible as she silently gives voice to her wariness."

—The Bay Guardian, December 1995