A grandmother’s lost leg. A mother’s scarred sacrum. A daughter transformed into stone. In these five poems, history dwells in the body, the past deep in the bone. Confronting themes of poverty, intimate partner violence, and childhood sexual trauma, the poems speak to the varying ways the poet and women in her family have insisted on survival. These poems bear shifts in landscape and language, namely, from St. Lucia to the United States, from Antillean Creole to American English. Part of a manuscript in progress, the poems seek to probe inherited and lived-through pain so as to move the spirit ever more deeply toward healing, wholeness, and promise.
Sassy Ross is a Saint Lucian American poet living in New York City and a graduate of New York University’s MFA program. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Caribbean Review of Books, sx salon, Caribbean Beat, and Poetry International, among other journals, and in the anthology Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean (2015).
Sassy Ross; Five Poems. Small Axe 1 July 2019; 23 (2 (2)): 73–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-7703293
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