by Wanda Coleman
Pub Date 29 Apr 2021 | Archive Date Not set
'Hateful and hilarious, heartbroke and hellbent' Mary Karr
'Wanda Coleman is not just wickedly wise, she is transcendent' Washington Post
Nobody wrote about police hassle like she did. Nobody wrote about making ends meet, about the history of the slave trade or the comedy of the daily grind, with the same breathtaking originality and brio; and few writers, before or since, have had the courage to write with such honesty about their everyday experience of life - and love - in an unjust world.
This is the first ever UK publication of the poetry of Wanda Coleman: a beat-up, broke and Black woman who wrote with defiance, humour and clarity about life on the margins, and who went overlooked by the establishment for decades - even as she was known colloquially as 'the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles'.
Wicked Enchantment gathers 130 of Coleman's poems in a selection by Terrance Hayes. Funny, angry, endlessly alive and written with an immediacy and frankness that captivate, here is the essential work of a poet of fierce resistance and self-belief against the odds.
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Wicked Enchantment is a collection of poems from the 'unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles' Wanda Coleman. This is the first UK publication of Coleman's work, and after reading this amazing collection it is difficult to believe this is the case. Coleman's poetry really lifts of the page all through this collection. You feel every experience and emotion which she documents throughout, and whilst reading it's not difficult to come to the conclusion that Wanda Coleman loved writing. The passion which feeds through these pages is infectious. After reading this I will definitely be looking out for more of Coleman's work. This is a beautifully curated bind up of Wanda Coleman's work, and it is enough for anyone to instantly love her style, essence and imagination.