Offers poems on difficult topics, including rape, relationships, and the depths of sorrow.
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: Poetry. African American Studies. THE SUBTLE ART OF BREATHING is a work about women, survival and abuse that deals with self evaluation and politics from an intimate and personal perspective. "asha's writing has an ease and urgency that is rare, welcome and necessary. Her story is at once highly particular and universal. Her courage to love is heroism without pretension, and as Malcolm once said of himself, her sincerity is her credential"--Mos Def. asha bandele is a former features editor and writer for Essence magazine, and is currently the deputy director of policy with the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization leading the nation in reforming drug laws and mandatory sentencing. Her previous works include the novels "The Prisoner's Wife" and "Daughter", and the poetry collection "Absence in the Palm of My Hands".