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My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
Powerful, poetic meditations on motherhood, sisterhood, spirituality, solidarity, displacement/gentrification, racism, and sexism.

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter is poet Aja Monet’s ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world.

Textured with the sights and sounds of growing up in East New York in the nineties, to school on the South Side of Chicago, all the way to the olive groves of Palestine, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, genocide, displacement, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and Black joy.

  • “Thank you, Aja Monet.”
    —Ava Duvernay
    “Interesting, powerful, at times challenging poetry.”
    —Roxane Gay
    “A triumphant collection."
    O Magazine
    “Stunning and evocative... fierce and revolutionary.”
    Publishers Weekly Starred Review
    “A bold, intimate and powerful collection of poems.”
    Ms. Magazine
    “Aja Monet’s writing blazes in these breathtakingly fierce poems.”
    “Generations of women, fighters all, live and breath in Monet's poetry… this book is a torch in the dark.”
    Frontier Poetry
    “A testament to the brilliance of Black women, from the South Side of Chicago and beyond.”
    Bitch Magazine
    “This might be THE single poetry collection I am most excited about this year.”
    Aja Monet’s poetry, like her activism, is one of resistance and reimagining. It resists simplicity, instead opening up new vistas for the reader and new points of entry into perspectives that are largely ignored; she gives voices to the marginalized and forgotten and imagines worlds in which those voices can ring out.”
    The Los Angeles Review
    “My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter turns bodies that have been used as weapons into weapons of liberation. We cannot be contained.”
    Courage Renewal

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