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Blue Heat

Blue Heat

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In 1984, Alexis De Veaux independently published and distributed Blue Heat. Mainstream publishing’s interest in work by radical Black women was waning and De Veaux knew that she could reach women with the poems in Blue Heat directly—and she knew they needed these poems.

Forty years later, Blue Heat is a Sapphic Classic from Sinister Wisdom with a stunning new introduction and guiding exercises for engaging the poems by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. In Blue Heat, De Veaux insists on survival and encourages risk-taking. In these poems, liberation is necessary, and there is only one means to achieve it: by creating a spark. Blue Heat brings intensity akin to the deepest, hottest part of a flame. Like its namesake, this poetry collection is flammable, igniting courage in its readers, achieving De Veaux’s goal of kindling a spirit of “power, joy and change” in Black feminist communities.

Alexis De Veaux is a Black queer feminist independent scholar whose work appears in numerous anthologies and publications and has fifty years in publishing. The author of eight books to date, including her most recent, JesusDevil, The Parables (AK Press, 2023), De Veaux is internationally known for work in multiple genres.

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