Careless Seamstress

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University of Nebraska Press
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5.98 X 0.23 X 9.02 inches | 0.33 pounds

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About the Author

Tjawangwa Dema is a poet from Botswana, an arts administrator, and a teaching artist in Bristol, England. Her chapbook, Mandible, was published in the box set Seven New Generation African Poets, and her poems have appeared in the New Orleans Review, the Cordite Review, and the Rio Grande Review.


"Tjawangwa Dema's poems are as bold, roving, and insistent as they are delicate and incisive. The Careless Seamstress is a ravishing debut."--Tracy K. Smith, U.S. poet laureate and author of Wade in the Water: Poems -- (09/14/2018)
"These poems open the archive of identity and the mysteries of the body at one and the same time. In richly embossed detail, events, lost evenings and the erotics of history are unveiled. In these narratives, a young woman's life moves between danger and custom: her body knows silence is a language/ any woman can learn to speak. This work brings the reader to new places and age-old insights. These are moving, eloquent and compelling poems."--Eavan Boland, author of A Woman Without a Country: Poems

-- (02/05/2019)
"With a natural approach to the physicality of her characters' lives and struggles, Botswanan poet Tjawangwa Dema uses her work to explore large questions of gender, identity and labor. The pieces in The Careless Seamstress live at the intersection of these themes, showing how one moment or action brilliantly encapsulates the whole."--Noah Cruickshank, Shelf Awareness starred review-- (03/01/2019)