The book tour is expanding... What does it mean to self-recover? How do we decolonize our bodies? Where do we turn for spiritual guidance? When is it right to fight? From whom do we learn how to love? What does it mean to be accountable for the harm we cause? What is our responsibility to create new systems of liberation as we tear down old oppressive ones?
D’bi Young asks us to consider these urgent questions in her new book of Collected Dub Poems; continuing the genre’s legacy of connecting the dots between self-development, artistic activism and social change. The volume features three of her previously published books of poetry: Art on Black (Women’s Press, 2005), Rivers & Other Blackness Between Us (Women’s Press, 2007) and Oya (Spolrusie Publishing, 2015). It also includes a new title, Butu, only available in this collection, as well as a Foreword by David Austin, independent scholar and author of the recently published Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution (Pluto, 2018). As a queer Black feminist multidisciplinary artist, educator, and mother, D’bi Young possesses a unique voice that crosses cultural boundaries and transcends artistic disciplines. Her work fiercely and compassionately navigates the personal within the political, the micro within the macro. Her poetry, theatre and Anitafrika method have been challenging and inspiring global audiences for over two decades. D’bi Young’s new volume of Collected Dub Poems chronicles the continued evolution of her Dub poetics.
D’bi Young’s poems propose words... raucous, reverberating as both weapons and redeeming instruments… Pamela Mordecai
D’bi’s poetry courses along its own path…delightful and disturbing...raw power and boundless revelation…Blakka Ellis
D’bi Young is the first true child of Dub poetry... Lillian Allen
D'bi is an electric wire and a grounded soul...Sheri-D Wilson
D’bi is the Dub Schola…Motion
The collection broaches wide range of themes and theories including Anti-Black Racism, Biomythography, Black Feminist Thought, Childhood Sexual Trauma, Critical Race Theory, Depression, Dub Theatre, Emancipation, Gender and Sexuality & Homophobia.