Review: Blueshift Journal

"With her smooth sound of blues and rhymes that fill flowerpots with life, t'ai freedom ford reminds her readers that at some point, maybe when you aren't expecting it to come, a glint of faith is searching for you, too. We will all struggle with figuring out how to get over the evils that make existence, loss, and ache a reality of our time in a world, government, country that divides and excludes to profit.

But when we get there, when we come face to face with what haunts us, we will smile. For the video. For the soul clap that is heartbeat. For what brings us down. For what will not keep us there."

~Beyza Ozer, Blueshift Journal 

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Review: Lamda Literary

"It would be impossible to separate out the poems that celebrate blackness, as every poem embodies a pride and history. There are poems that twist with aching sadness, as in the sparse dictionary created in “wilding,” for the Central Park Five or “ode to an African urn,” where questions about the death of Trayvon Martin and others are in conversation with Keats’ lines. The collection ricochets from meditations on ancestry to pop culture references, with never a line or sentiment out of place."

~Courtney Gillette, Lambda Literary 

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Review: Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

"Like Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen,” ford elevates pain into introspective art, carefully connecting the dots between what it means to be black and what it means to be free. how to get over rejoices in the space where both are possible." 

~Tara Jefferson, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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