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Crossfire: A Litany for Survival

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Powerhouse, world-renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.

Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book.

According to The New York Times, Chin is “sassy, rageful and sometimes softly self-mocking.” The Advocate says that her poems, “combine hilarious one-liners with a refusal to conform” and note “Chin is out to confront more than just the straight world.”

ISBN-13: 9781642590258

Media Type: Paperback(New Edition)

Publisher: Haymarket Books

Publication Date: 10-15-2019

Pages: 216

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Poet, actor, and performing artist Staceyann Chin is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise, cowriter and original performer in the Tony Award–winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and author of the one-woman shows Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, and MotherStruck. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, and her poetry been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She proudly identifies as Caribbean, Black, Asian, lesbian, a woman, and a resident of New York City, as well as a Jamaican national.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jacqueline Woodson xi

Preface Staceyann Chin 1


Crossfire 9

Common Truths, Or: Why I Love My Pussy 12

Nails 17

Love 19

My Jamaica 22

Tweet This, Motherfucker 25

In Response to Danish 29

Letter to My Father 32

Jamaicans in New York 35

Know When to Fold 38

Song of Survival 42

Litany of Desire 45

Supplication 48

On Jumping Off Ledges 49

Traveling 52

Passing 54

September in New York 57

Take Back the Night

Tsunami Rising 63

Not My President 69

Open Letter to the Media 74

Letter to the Remaining Aborigines in Australia 77

Take Back the Night 80

Words Like RAPE 85

Midnight-Morning 88

On Becoming Thirty 90

Speech Delivered in Chicago at 2006 Gay Games 93

Catalogue the Insanity 97

Lesbian Chasing Straight 100

White Noise 103

First Green 105

Fall Snaking 106

Some of the Things I Believe 108

On Prop 8 and Being in Jamaica 110

One Question 115

In Those Years

Bernice Perry: The Details 121

Haiku for My Mother 124

In Those Years 125

My Grandmother's Tongue 128

Feeling Unfamiliar 130

Neighbors: For Centuries 133

Elsewhere 136

War Games 138


Women of Color 143

Catching Myself 149

Zuri-Siale Samanya 155

For You 157

Raise the Roof 162

Why I Be Writing You Poems 167

Fast as I Need to 171

Elegy for Peter of the Earth 174

Muted Gratitude: For Tracy Chapman 178

Trini Girl 181

Inaugural Praise Song 183

I Have Never Known What We Are 185

What We Long For 188

Fuck What You Heard About Falling 193

Race to the Water 198

Long Distance Love 200

Acknowledgments 205