WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING...
| A Great Start that will Last, June 25, 2006
||Nappy Mom (Newport News, Virginia)
This gift to my daughter is a treasure that will last her lifetime. She is a bit young (age 4) for the poetic description and details of history, but the pictures said it all in capturing her "lived experience" of nappy hair. It got her attention well enough for me to talk to her about the teachers, activists, writers and all the wonderful women featured in the back. Our conversation included wonderful moments of self-discovery where she proclaimed, "I am brown too!" and sharing (she liked hearing which women were my favorite role models and why). I look forward to future years when she'll understand it all even better. Hair and heritage will be a lifetime conversation between me and my daughter -- this book is a great start.
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THE RAWSISTAZ REVIEW OF SONGS OF A SISTERMOM
|"These poems, with a distinct African-American
flavor, bring to light the varied feelings and emotions of being a
new black mother and resolve these feelings with an authentic take
on mothering, the same mothering that black mothers across the board
experience." - Jennifer James, Editor-in-Chief, Mommy
Too! Magazine, The First and Only Web Magazine Celebrating Mothers
I read several pieces last night - they were WONDERFUL!!! Congratulations,
Charisse. Angela Acree, Washington, DC, Mother of two.
"I had the chance to hear you on the radio on Saturday, March
13. The poem was GREAT! Having nursed my daughter, I TOTALLY identified
with the message. Where can I catch you in person? We need your
spirit down here in the dirty south- ATL!!! Renee Mintz, Atlanta,
GA, Word of Mouth Entertainment/ LU graduate '89, Mother of two.
I just wanted to let you know that I listened to your radio spot
on Monday. Your performance of your poem on breastfeeding was inspiring.
It made me wonder what signals I put out when I see a mother breastfeeding
in public. Behind closed doors was where I thought it should be
until I really listened to the words of your poem. Giving life is
the most precious gift to give and what more "real" way
can that be expressed than breastfeeding. As a mom who did not share
the breastfeeding journey I can still relate to your metaphor of
giving life. You are a gifted poetess whose passionate presentation
of words is awe inspiring. Dawn McCoy, Silver Spring, MD, Mother
|This book sings!!! Ms. Nunes' poems are
beautiful songs about motherhood in all of it stages. There is an
authenticity that resonates throughout the book. Early in the book
(Prelude to a Dance), features poems of love and finding life's mates.
The beauty and simplicity of falling is love is highlighted in "I
Know." The joy and anticipation of the coming birth are contained
in "Hymns of Preparation." Even when motherhood comes unexpectedly
and may not be welcomed by all, it is celebrated in "Don't Question
Songs really soars on the poem "Got Milk, Give Life," in
which Ms. Nunes unabashedly celebrates breastfeeding your child everywhere,
whenever and wherever.
Songs is written by an African-American poet. And some of the poems
touch on cultural issues such as hair in "Nappy." But the
poems in Songs are universal and touch on the ultimate triumph that
is motherhood. - Linda Fleming McGhee, Washington, DC (Amazon.com
Without a doubt this is a winner! I have thirteen favorites, from
"I Know", "Don't Question a Blessing", "Got
Milk? Give Life", "Leroy's Song" to "Shake What
Your Mama Gave You" just to name a few. Charisse has truly
put the thoughts of my mind and other Sistermom's mind to words,
and ultimately birthed the "Songs" that we all sing during
our journey in life. As I read the "Songs" I felt myself
speak these words, I visualized the trials and tribulations, joy
and jubilation of being an African American woman, sister, mother,
wife, aunt, niece, cousin and friend.
I applaud Charisse for sharing her "Songs" which have
become my "Songs". Continue to sing for all of us who
don't have a voice! - Katrina D. Jones, Washington, DC (Amazon.com
Charisse is a truly gifted writer. In her spare time between
being a lawyer, political activist, wife and mother, she has
mastered what takes others a lifetime of study to achieve."
- Damien Jackson, Journalist/George Washington
Williams Fellow Independent Press Association, Editor
of the Hip Hop Tree.
one of the most dynamic poets to have ever performed for us.
Her 'Nappy' mantra hit a nerve with the audience and has
since resounded throughout the building again and again,
with women repeating it - 'NAPPY!!' We definitely plan on using
Charisse in future programs that our office organizes."
Andrea McIntyre, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs,
Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
"Charisse's original poem,
'The Eternal Love Song: A Duet' is a compelling and spiritual tribute
to African American love. Her performance of the piece with her husband
was magnetic, inspiring, and truly exceptional. What an amazing literary
and dramatic talent." Barnelle Herring, President, Washington
DC Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,