She Lives Here
An absolutely stunning collection of poetry by an incredibly lovely human being. I wish everyone could hear Kristina read in her voice, but her voice on the page is still remarkably powerful. It's sweet, it's warm, it's challenging, it's comforting... I can't say enough good things.
Kristina Hamlett's debut collection of poetry and prose, She Lives Here, moves toward a jubilant celebration of womanhood, Blackness, strength, and finding your own kind of joy.
Rewriting the narrative of one's life is not always easy, especially when faced with racism, sexism, and religious dogmatism, but as she moves as a young girl from a Haitian community in Queens to Virginia, Kristina throws out the rules that try to dictate her life story and rewrites her narrative. Each section of this collection is juicy and lush with memory, ancestry, mangoes, avocados, dance, and love.