Super Sad Black Girl
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About the Author
Diamond Sharp is a writer from Chicago and an alumna of Wellesley College. She is an editor at Bandcamp and a former editor at Rookie. Her work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio and Poetry Foundation, as well as in New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, PANK, and elsewhere.
"I've never read a collection of writing--poetry or otherwise--that spoke so clearly to what it feels like to live with a bipolar brain. Diamond Sharp has done what has often felt like the impossible: she has translated what so many of us have experienced into something so jaw droppingly familiar and achingly beautiful that you can't escape the truth of it. More than just merely "feeling seen," this collection made me feel heard and held and understood. Sharp is a master of her craft and this book is a testimony and a song."
--Bassey Ikpi, author of I'm Telling the Truth but I'm Lying
--Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro "Diamond Sharp's debut work offers the dazzling, taut simplicity of Lucille Clifton with a voice all her own. Here, the poet mines the interiority of a Black woman perpetually in flight while living with bipolar disorder, flitting smartly between mania, psychosis, stability, social exile and belonging. With Sharp's stunningly controlled meditation on Black women's abiding fugitivity while in conversation with Chicago luminaries Hansberry, Brooks, and Walker, as well as Black women slain at the hands of police, Super Sad Black Girl offers the notion that maybe the freest place for Black women is not a definitive physical plane but in the company of one another."
--Erika Dickerson-Despenza, playwright, educator, and organizer "Although Sharp has an extensive background in music criticism, there's little doubt that poetry is her raison d'être. Her poems are funny, unpretentious, and profoundly self- accepting."
--M.T. Richards, Chicago Magazine