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Tin House Books
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Destiny O. Birdsong is a Louisiana-born poet, fiction writer, and essayist. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Jack Jones Literary Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, and won the Academy of American Poets Prize, Naugatuck River Review's 2016 Narrative Poetry Contest, and Meridian's 2017 "Borders" Contest in Poetry. She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University, and now lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.


Stunning. . . . A powerful paean to Black womanhood--to resilience, and, especially, triumph.--Refinery29
Radiant and vital. . . . It's a collection best read slowly, and then again.--BuzzFeed News
The 34 poems in the volume are extremely readable, so much so that it's tempting to rush through them. Don't. Take your time. Ease into these poems. They're worth it.--The Nashville Scene
An extraordinary string of immaculate, brutal narratives about systemic violence and racism, and their repercussions for Black American women. . . . Birdsong's striking imagery and contagious fervor are a potent salve against apathy and foreboding.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Exquisite. . . . Birdsong's poems bring the heart and the heat.--Book Marks
Destiny O. Birdsong's striking debut poetry collection explores complicity, rebukes systemic racism and hate, and celebrates the lives of Black women.--GOOP
Birdsong's poems reveal the ways that so many borders--nation, race, gender--are structured to maintain hierarchies of allegiance and care. . . . The emergencies of the present are scored through with the fault lines of the past. Birdsong's poems transform as they touch.--The Paris Review
Negotiations is made rich by its natural complexity, with few stones left unturned--poems address silencing, fetishization, tokenism and cultural appropriation with fierce honesty, the sum of which amount to an artfully written love letter to Black women in America. In Birdsong's debut, every angle of the self is worthy of recognition.--Willamette Week
Negotiations is an intimate, stunning collection. Destiny O. Birdsong's poems examine systems of power and oppression, violence, complicity. These poems are desire, survival, the body, rage, vulnerability. A fierce celebration of black womanhood.--Jaquira DΓ­az, author of Ordinary Girls