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Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity

Alexis Pauline Gumbs
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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.


Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is coeditor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and the Founder and Director of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an educational program based in Durham, North Carolina.


  • Publisher: ‎ Duke University Press Books; Reprint edition (October 28, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0822362724
  • ISBN-13: 9780822362722
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches


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