Part activity book, part surrealist poem, Avie’s Dreams (from Feminist Press) takes an interactive and introspective approach to afro-feminist self-discovery and girlhood. A radical take on the usual coming-of-age tale, Avie infuses ancient Greek lore, Renaissance scripts, and Hollywood blockbusters with images of afro-centricity and queer identity.
The intersection of my femininity and blackness is fascinating. I carry so many colors in my skin, so much weight in my hips, infinite voices in my throat. How could I not love myself?
It’s so monstrous and empowering to see the type of creature I become when I fight for something I believe in.
The worth of a woman, her preciousness, is not measured by how many men haven’t touched her, the clothes she has on, how much she cusses—or how still she sits on a pedestal built by people who conflate womanhood with “servant.”
I don’t worry about the bad shit I’ve done in the past. I have the same potential as anyone to be peaceful and giving, beautiful and true. I contain monsters and angels. I’m not scared of that.
From AVIE’S DREAMS. Used with permission of Feminist Press. Copyright © 2016 by Makeda Lewis.