Mary Wants to Be a Superwoman by Erica Lewis

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Mary Wants to Be a Superwoman by Erica Lewis

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Paperback | 108 pp

Being of black, Native American, and white descent, poet Erica Lewis’ Mary Wants to Be a Superwoman recounts her family’s history, their voices within that history — especially the women on her mother’s side — and her friends’ complex history with race, gender, and class in America, what it means to live with your own history, dealing with a history that has been passed down, and how to move on from that history and its implications.

 It is Lewis’ take on revising the confessional while taking inspiration from her family’s own oral history. Each poem is also framed by phrases from the lyrics of Stevie Wonder’s Motown records, but the poems are not “about” the actual songs, but what is triggered when listening to or thinking about the music. What happens when you take something like a pop song and turn it in on itself, give it a different frame of reference, juxtapose the work against itself, against other pop music, and bring it into the present. 

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