Jodi Braxton

Jodi Braxton made her debut into the poetry world with the publication of 'Ujamaa Sun Lines' in the Journal of Black Poetry in the late 60’s, followed rapidly by publications in Daesin, Black World, Black Box, and later, Callaloo, and the African American Review. Sunbury Press published Braxton's poetry collection, Sometimes I Think of Maryland, in 1977. More recently, Jodi Braxton's poems have been anthologised in Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century (2002) and Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry by African Americans (2006). A literary scholar as well as a poet, Braxton also wrote Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition within a Tradition (1989) and edited The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1993), among other books.Her co-edited volume, Black Female Sexualities, is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press (2015). Braxton teaches literature and creative writing at the College of William and Mary and is currently at work on a memoir.


(for Rebecca, my Beloved) In the slow turning of the seasons we hang our names over the cabin door and hold each other close in your grandmother’s bedroom, grandfather’s bedroom, our heads and feet perpendicular to their phantom limbs, still …

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