Wild Imperfections: A Womanist Anthology of Poems is an invitation to a gathering of poets from across the world – from Southern Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Kenya, Somalia, Brazil, Jamaica, the UK, USA, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and beyond. The poems assembled in this book are about remembering what our bodies and their dreams have marked, what they will mark in days to come. They are about honoring ourselves, the women and the womxn and the womyn who came before us through time, and they will wait, these poems, for another tide of women and womxn and womyn, to make new connections across generations and memories. Contributors include iconic poets such as Nikki Giovanni, Lebogang Mashile, Staceyann Chin, Diana Ferrus, Jackie Kay, NourbeSe Phillip, Cheryl Clarke, Makhosazana Xaba, Koleka Putuma, Safia Elhillo, Gabeba Baderoon, Warsan Shire, Ladan Osman, Anni Domingo, Miriam Alves, Elizandra Souza, and Jumoke Verissimo.
“This poetry anthology puts us where we know we belong, not at the margins of other people’s art and aesthetics, hovering on the periphery and wondering when we will be invited to join in, while also knowing that if we do manage to walk through the door, we