Bridgit Brown’s brilliant Singsongs is two books in one, and they work simultaneously–the first is jazzy, playful, celebratory, and charming, while the second remembers, aches with loss, struggles, and testifies. These poems fly straight out of our most recent disgraceful chapter of the American experiment, and we readers can only be grateful for Ms. Brown’s powerful sense of history and heritage, her courageous and hopeful heart, and her poem-singing gift. If somebody wants to argue with you about whether Black Lives Matter, give that fool a “bulletproof smile” and tell him to read Singsongs.
—David Huddle, author of Blacksnake at the Family Reunion and Dream Sender
Deeply felt and lushly musical, Bridgit Brown’s collection of poems Singsongs stands firmly in the African American tradition, but her poems reach out to all of us. Singsongs moved me in ways the best poetry does, awakening me, time and again, to the ravages of history, the music of language and, ultimately, our common humanity.
—Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues and The Island Kingdom
Singsongs is the celebration of the whole of the poet’s being, from the roots to the broad stretch of the trees to embrace the sun. Brown takes on history with all its endless permutations and with the one resolution that affirms the fact that we live, that we love. It is the song of who makes a community, a city, a wish breathed into the wind.
—Afaa M. Weaver, author of City of Eternal Spring