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Saida Agostini’s first full-length poetry collection, let the dead in, is an exploration of the mythologies that seek to subjugate Black bodies, and the counter-stories that reject such subjugation.
Audacious, sensual, and grieving, this work explores how Black women harness the fantastic to craft their own road to freedom. A journey across Guyana, London, and the United States, it is a meditation on black womanhood, queerness, the legacy of colonization, and pleasure. These poems craft a creation story fat with love, queerness, mermaids, and blackness.
Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet whose work explores the ways that Black folks harness mythology to enter the fantastic. Saida's poetry can be found in Barrelhouse Magazine, the Black Ladies Brunch Collective anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, and other publications. let the dead in was a finalist for the Center of African American Poetry & Poetics' 2020 Book Prize and the New Issues Poetry Prize. Her other publications include STUNT, a poetry chapbook reimagining the history of Nellie Jackson, a Black woman entrepreneur who operated a brothel for sixty years in Natchez, Mississippi. She is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow.
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