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August 2, 2022 

Rememory

Diamond Forde 

Copyright © 2022 by Diamond Forde. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on August 2, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

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“This poem is about reclamation: reclaiming distinctly Southern identities sacrificed during the Great Migration, reclaiming Black women’s stories from the control of their abusers, and reclaiming or reimagining the relationship between memory and the narrative of the Self. By relegating my grandmother Alice’s abuser to a footnote, I’m underscoring the small influence he had over the trajectory of my family’s survival and joy. The cycle ends with me.”
Diamond Forde

Diamond Forde is a Black poet and the author of Mother Body (Saturnalia Books, 2021), winner of the 2019 Saturnalia Poetry Prize. The recipient of awards and fellowships from the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the College Language Association, Great River Review, Callaloo, and Tin House, she lives in Asheville, North Carolina. 
Mother Body
(Saturnalia Books, 2021)

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