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Electric Arches
Electric Arches | Eve L. Ewing
Original meditations on race, gender, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up, from a distinctive new voice.
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“i believe that the sun shines,
if not here, then somewhere.
somewhere it rains,
and things will grow green and wonderful.
somewhere inside me, too, it rains,
and things will grow green and wonderful.
sometimes my insides rain from the inside out
and then i know
i am alive
i am alive
i am alive”

— affirmation (to youth living in prison after assata shakur)

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monalyisha
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This poetry collection feels so fresh & impactful!

Ewing uses fantasy & escapism as a defense against the disgusting treatment of POC — & of Black people & Black women, esp. It almost seems like she‘s playing, as vengeance is enacted via the extraordinary power of flight or telekinesis. But Ewing is NOT playing. Or if she is, it‘s very serious play. With a very sharp, POINTED point.

You‘ll also find a few totally gorgeous poems about love. 💖

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notreallyelaine
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I feel in awe of Ewing‘s power. This book was like going to church.

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monalyisha
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“She is wearing a grandma uniform: she has just returned from church & so her makeup and hair are impeccable, & has also changed into a pearl-collared cotton housecoat with faint traces of a floral pattern, & a pair of slippers. I sometimes worry that in our day & age, grandmas have limited places to purchase housecoats, & dwindling numbers of people even know what a housecoat is, leaving them to guard the ones they have left like careful misers.”

monalyisha Note: I edited a few words out (which didn‘t change the tone or meaning) but the Litsy character limit prevented me from indicating that I did so with the proper punctuation. Normally, I can make it work. But sometimes, it‘s a real challenge. 3mo
DivineDiana I‘m all for bringing back housecoats! 🙂 3mo
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monalyisha
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I love this whole poem (which covers the span of 4 pages). I *may* have to post about it more than once. SO GOOD. Also, I learned that the poet is the same age as me & shares a birthday with my long-time bffl (May 31st — only a few days away)! I love the final paragraph on this page, which begins:

“Ever since black people came to this country we have needed a Moses. There has always been so much water that needs parting.”

#poemsbeforephones

paulfrankspencer Sorry @monalyisha. Like some presidents of old, sometimes it is helpful for me to type out a "letter" that I never send, just for the catharsis. Sometimes I send it and delete it immediately. You've now experienced this. But don't worry, it wasn't angry or mean or anything against you. Just better left unsaid for my own sanity's sake. I'm not good at social media, and I really have to watch myself. 3mo
monalyisha @paulfrankspencer I actually caught the comment in its entirety & responded to it, & then deleted my response since it looked like I was responding to nothing. 😅 Don‘t worry! I‘m a fidgety perfectionist/eternal editor, & I‘m super-interested in religion — so we get each other. 😆 3mo
paulfrankspencer @monalyisha if we were face to face, I'd be happy to have the conversation. But some things, however innocuous they seem, are better left off social media. I'm happy you can appreciate my psychosis... 3mo
monalyisha @paulfrankspencer I just started a grad class (toward my MLIS). We were assigned to write an introductory paragraph about ourselves. I did, posted it, & then edited it a good handful of times (in mostly minute ways). Then it occurred to me: “OMG. Can my professor see this *every* time I edit it? She must already hate me.” Sometimes you‘ve gotta reel it in. 🙈 3mo
paulfrankspencer @monalyisha she probably sees it all the time. Let's be as gracious with ourselves as she surely has to be with all her students. 3mo
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monalyisha
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#poemsbeforephones

What a gorgeous poem! 🌸

“hair always calling for rain”
“skin turned skyward wishing for clouds”
“knowing that ash is the language of the dead...”

“anointed”
“protected”
“resurrected”
“glistening”
“shining” ✨

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monalyisha
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“Let me be clear:
there‘s nothing wrong with finding rapture in the broke
or the broken.
But what you should ask for is a place on the park bench
where all the bits and pieces are everywhere,
and he should hand you the bottom of a smashed up Coke bottle
like the best kaleidoscope
and you should hold it up to the light together
and watch the colors turn and spin,
and that is more than good enough
until you can get the groceries together.”

BestOfLitsy I like that; nice turn on last line. 3mo
TimSpalding Ah. That was me. Can't remember what account I'm in :) 3mo
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VioletBramble Love the poem and the photo. 3mo
monalyisha @TimSpalding Ha! I‘ve been there. Not exactly there...but there-ish. 3mo
monalyisha Thanks @VioletBramble! Same. This is only a piece of the poem; the whole thing is just as perfect. 3mo
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monalyisha
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— from “what I mean when I say I‘m sharpening my oyster knife” by Eve L. Ewing*

“I mean I‘m here
to eat up all the ocean you thought was yours.
I mean I brought my own quarter of a lemon,
tart and full of seeds. I mean I‘m a tart.
I‘m a bad seed.”

*(inspired by a line from Zora Neale Hurston: “No, I do not weep at the world — I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”)
#poemsbeforephones

suzisteffen LOVED this book. 3mo
Bradleygirl 😍😍 3mo
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monalyisha
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Yesterday, I broke my #poemsbeforepoems streak. I‘d gone 124 days reading poetry in the morning (before touching any technology). But we went on a family trip, & we had to wake up really early, & then I had to explain to my mother-in-law who David Tennant was (because people say her son/my husband looks like him) — so I googled him. 🙈 BUT I later shared some poems with her from the tagged collection & she *loved* them. So it was all worth it.

kspenmoll What a great photo! happiness! 3mo
Heideschrampf ... also: please post a photo of your hubby! Haha 3mo
Johanna414 @Heideschrampf haha seconded! Also, I see you‘re a Nina - my daughter is named Nina 😊 3mo
Redwritinghood Totally worth it! You had a great run. 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
monalyisha Thanks @Redwritinghood! I feel good about it. 🤗 3mo
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monalyisha
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Starting a new collection on this dreary Friday morning. 💚

#poemsbeforephones

TheBookHippie It‘s sooooo good!!! 4mo
GatheringBooks wow. that cover looks amazing. 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 4mo
DivineDiana Love the cover! 4mo
Redwritinghood I‘ve heard great things about this one! 4mo
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Karisa
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#BlitsyHistoryMonth @Chelleo

😍 The Obamas, Oprah, Langston Hughes, Moongirl

📚 Octavia E. Butler, Nnedi Okorafor, Eve Ewing

⏰ Both

📘 Sci-fi, YA, Education

🤔 Redlining, social justice

Chelleo Ohh, redlining is a great topic! 7mo
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Lylah
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Not a bad year! My average pages per book has been the highest since 2013 too!

Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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MirrorMask
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Electric Arches is a collection of poetry, visual art, and narrative prose that explores everything from growing up in Chicago to an alien arrival.

Day 18: #FavoritePoetryCollection

#ForColoredGirlsPhotoChallenge #PoetryMatters #Blitsy

CaliforniaCay I'm reading this now! 10mo
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Mimi28
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Being a black chick from Chicago like the author I considered this to be required reading for me, 😂 I really liked it. I got some of the Chicago references but not all of them. Overall beautiful work. I would re- read it again if I owned it. 👊🏽✊🏽👍🏽✌🏽❤️❤️

8little_paws I think it's on hoopla through the library! 11mo
Mimi28 @8little_paws Thanks!! I‘ll check it out!! 👍🏽😻😊❤️ 11mo
heikemarie Love! She‘s got a new book coming out soon I think? 11mo
Mimi28 @heikemarie Really?! Awesome!! 😮👍🏽👍🏽😊😊 11mo
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MirrorMask
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Excellent collection of poetry, narrative prose, and artwork.

#Blitsy #Blacklitsy #Blackgirlmagic #PoetryMatters

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love the cover art. 12mo
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WhatDeeReads
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I have so few words. Mostly just thank you for seeing us (Chicago‘s black girls) Mrs. Ewing.

cherylmorton I want to read this for the cover alone...so gorgeous 13mo
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FUCK. WOAH.

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dixi_e
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The e-book I‘ve borrowed is a little wonky but this book is so great. The poetry/pose mix is powerful, simple, unique and contribute to a poignant trip through a life lived as black and female. #currentlyreading

Smrloomis This cover is lovely 🧡🧡🧡 1y
dixi_e @Smrloomis isn‘t it?!? There are some images in the book too but the wonkiness of my e-book prohibits me from seeing them. They all seem to be more black and white sketch-type images. 1y
Smrloomis @dixi_e It looks like this woman made it: http://www.briannamccarthy.com/index.php/press/eve-ewing-electric-arches/ and it‘s AWESOME! 👍🏽😁 1y
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readordierachel
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Overall, this is a pick. It's a mix of poetry, prose, and artwork. There are some really beautiful and powerful moments, while others are not as effective. The art confused me, and the collection lacks a bit of cohesion. There are so many different ideas here. But Ewing is clearly very talented. Her prose is exceptional. I would love to see her write short stories or essays.
*Definitely recommend print over ebook for this one.

UrsulaMonarch Great review! Do you feel the ebook doesn't capture the art as well, or is there another reason you recommend the print version? Thanks! 1y
readordierachel @UrsulaMonarch Yes, that's a great way of putting it. I think poetry in ebook form can be tricky in general, but the addition of the artwork makes this one especially so. 1y
Lylah I agree about the cohesion but I still enjoyed it overall! 1y
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UrsulaMonarch @ReadOrDieRachel thanks so much! Your post reminded me I wanted to read this, and now I know to get the print version! 👍😊 1y
readordierachel @UrsulaMonarch look forward to your thoughts! 1y
UrsulaMonarch @ReadOrDieRachel so far I've read the introduction. And I LOVE it. 1y
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Donald.Elbert Sounds pleasant 1y
Donald.Elbert ☺️ 1y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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emtobiasz
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Picked this one up as part of YALSA's #hubchallenge, and I'm really glad I did. Ewing's writing and imagery are very sharp and evocative. This is what I want from #poetry.

Lupita.Reads Omg this is sitting on my shelf! Can‘t wait to read it!!! 1y
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cocomass
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I‘m only a few pages in this collection (my April pick for the #poetrychallenge2018) and I‘m in love 😍

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hwheaties
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Stunning. Loved so much reading the experiences and the experience of reading this.

Gezemice This looks gorgeous. 1y
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Yeah_I_Read
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#nationalpoetrymonth
From “appletree”

readordierachel That's lovely 1y
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hwheaties
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Next up!

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Allietaylor16
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Such a beautiful collection!

heikemarie That cover is amazinggggggg 😍 1y
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Image on page 109.

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irre
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Great poetry. 4 🌟

BookMaven407 Beautiful cover! 1y
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CiViiLy
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The prose contained within this small book is striking as it is beautiful and lyrical. There's magic contained within the pages because within it Ewing does more than just telling us a story. She draws the reader close and lets us into a part of her world, through her eyes, and it's a thundering experience. It's a small but mighty book that deserves to be savoured, which is how I read it. It gets a 100% recommendation from me.

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stargazerblue49
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The writing was beautiful. I think the formatting of the ebook could have been better to make things more cohesive and understandable. But overall, an enjoyable read. Plus, gorgeous cover!!!

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TrishTheBibliophile
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Pick. I‘ll likely be buying this for the shelf. That‘s all ❤️

Tamra Very good sign. 1y
Cortg I love the art work on the cover! 1y
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stargazerblue49
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“Mom, why are you still in bed? You‘ve been up for 2 hours already!” Cause it‘s my day off and it‘s been a long week already and I want to read, kitteh. #catsoflitsy #littenkittens

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amma-keep-reading
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Lyrical.

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razmanda
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What a gorgeous book! It‘s deceivingly thin but the prose and poetry inside are perfectly wrought and equal parts heartbreaking and hysterical. I don‘t usually read poetry but I am so glad I picked this one up. Dark humor that touches on all aspects of a black woman‘s life in our society.

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sakeriver
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This hits a little harder now, after Parkland, maybe. I don‘t know. That‘s what I‘m thinking of, at least.

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sakeriver
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Starting in on this one today.

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KathyWheeler
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My favorite thing about this collection of poems, art, and short prose pieces is this lovely cover. The writing is beautiful too — I especially loved the images of kids on flying bikes. A few poems irritated me because they began as print on the page but ended in handwriting, which was often illegible. I saw no reason for that; it added no value or interest to those poems.

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Lylah
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Reading this book of poems on @underground_bks 's recommendation and enjoying it so far!

underground_bks Yay!!!!! ☺️☺️☺️ 2y
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Nutmegnc
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Gorgeous cover. And Roxane Gay liked it. Can there be any better praise???

BookMaven407 Beautiful cover ❤️ 2y
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rachellayown
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I don‘t read a lot of poetry, but enough to know this book is amazing! (And I knocked out my first book of the year!)

Reviewsbylola Beautiful cover. 2y
readordierachel Sounds like a good one 👍🏼 2y
rachellayown I love the cover, too @Reviewsbylola! And it really is a good one @ReadOrDieRachel! 2y
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Anton
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Every December, I check NPR's Book Concierge to see what books I missed out on over the past year. For 2017's edition, I was pleased to see many of the recommendations are books I've already read or added to TBR pile (Litsy has definitely helped with this). I was also very excited to see Eve Ewing's excellent book Electric Arches make the list!

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Kenny
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My Favorite Books of 2017

7. Electric Arches by Eve Ewing. I love work that defies category, both in form and concept. This is Afrofuturist and extremely contemporary. This is poetry and essay and fiction. This is a good reason to get up in the morning in these hard times. This is.

#KennyCobleBookAwards

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MagdaRosol
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Gorgeous Chicago new writing.

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Mixedreader
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I took my time with the first reading of this book, savoring the gorgeous prose of poems like “apple tree” & “ode to luster‘s pink oil” & “why you can not touch my hair” & “what it means when I say I‘m sharpening my oyster knife. There were moments I recalled like my own girlhood, and moments the narrator dropped me into her world. So grateful for this collection: it‘s truths + questions + hope

#poetry #diverselit

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bookloo
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I‘m so excited to read this poetry collection!!! 😍

#diversereads

Tamra What an amazing cover! 2y
bookloo @Tamra I‘m obsessed with it. ☺️💞 2y
RaimeyGallant I am also obsessed with the cover. 2y
BookBabe Beautiful! ❤️👌🏻 2y
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Shanique
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Reading this is like exploring a modern art museum: everything is so cool and weird and beautiful and each piece is so distinctly different; you keep taking another glance because you notice something different each time.

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
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I️ had the joy of going to a book signing on Tuesday where Eve was speaking. I‘ve been following her on Twitter and admiring her work for years, so getting to hear her read in person definitely made my week. I️ so can‘t wait to dive in to Electric Arches! 😍

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theshrinkette
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Here for the Chicago nostalgia alone.

Mimi28 Chicago?! Stacked! Thanks! I just put it on hold 👍😊❤️ 2y
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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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Love this outstanding work from one of our favorite new poets. Electric Arches is an illustrated blend of poetry, storytelling, and memoir. Ewing grapples with serious issues using playfully imaginative (almost fantastic or sci-fi) devices to jar us awake. This helps communicate a brilliant social consciousness without being preachy or didactic. The writing is personal, provocative, powerful, and accessible. Huge fan here, looking forward to more!

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Angitron
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This is an incredible collection of poetry. I'm from Chicago, so it hit me hard, on so many levels. There are incredible touches - such as when Ewing changes the trajectory of a painful experience, in order to take charge and advocate for herself and others. I feel like this is a must-read for everyone!

Yeah_I_Read I love that cover image 😍 2y
Angitron @Yeah_I_Read Yeah, it's amazing, isn't it? 2y
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