A people’s transatlantic epic…. It presents a major addition to the available corpus of poetry by Black women other than Gwendolyn Brooks or Margaret Walker written between the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s. Dark Testament is a touchstone to understand how a unique and powerful African-American sense of self came into being. Perhaps more so than any source besides her diaries, Murray’s poems testify to her brave rebellion, and to the identities—transracial, transgender, transhistorical—that are more visionary now than ever. —Ed Pavlic, Poetry
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