||Paper Boat Press
Poems from Maura Alia Badji (Bramkamp) tracing journey from surviving abuse & incest with spirit intact--thriving, rather than just surviving.
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Poems from Maura Alia Badji (Bramkamp), graduate of Universityof WA 's MFA in Creative Writing (1998), and former resident of Olympic Peninsula and Seattle.
I can give myself a mouth,
put my language in it.
I can free my throat,
sing and shout,
I can open my eyes this time.
No, it's not just my perception.
I can burst the infection
that has fed on my heart,
apply a healing balm.
I can raze the wall
that guards my middle, let some
I can sprout back my arms and legs.
Yes, it's time to dance.
I can sway my hips again,
reclaim my sex, my sass.
I can feel my strong feet
on the solid ground
and know I'm all here at last.
A long time ago when Muriel Rukeyser said the world would split open if one woman told the truth about her life, this is the poetry she had in mind.
---Frances Mayes, author (Under the Tuscan Sun; The Discovery of Poetry )
The Healing Power of Poetry
In one of her poems, Maura Bramkamp writes 'We had long learned the truth. There is no crime/ if there is no proof.' But Maura's strong courageous poetic voice IS proof, proof that she is a survivor and that the power of poetry can heal us."
--Jana Harris, author, (Oh How Can I Keep On Singing? : Voices of Pioneer Women, The Pearl of Ruby City, and Manhattan As A Second Language, etc)
In Maura Alia Bramkamp's poetry I find a true soul sister, a woman who has journeyed to the dark heart of her pain, then kept on going till she came out the other side into a sunlit place of determination, joy, and spiritual renewal."
--Margot Silk Forrest editor, The Healing Woman, author, artisa, shoe designer)
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