Alexis Pauline Gumbs presents: Can You Read?: Finding the Poetry in Toni Morrison

Event date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:30pm to Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 1:00am



In a letter to the poet June Jordan, then Random House editor Toni Morrison explains that she is not a poet.  Decades later black feminist poet priestess retrostalker and researcher (aka Alexis Pauline Gumbs) disagrees.  Over the past year Alexis has been finding the poems in Morrison's body of novels and is excited to share them with the Charis family.  Right now Alexis and her partner musician and filmmaker Julia Roxanne Wallace are collaborating on a series of audio pieces and short films based on these poems.  Bluest, the first collection in the Can You Read? series based on Morrison's first novel The Bluest Eye will be available for sale as will Alexis's new chapbook Good Hair Gone Forever.   We are excited to create an audio-visual poetic space to celebrate the closeted poetry in the work of one of the most important writers of our time. :)

This event is sponsored by Charis Circle's From Margin to Center Literary Program and the suggested donation is $5. Donate securely via credit card below.



Event address: 
1189 Euclid Ave NE
30307-1509 Atlanta
The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.