I Am the Rage

I Am the Rage


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If the daily, no, hourly news reports about unresolved racial tension and inequalities haven’t informed the world, then our call to attention are the poems of Dr. Martina McGowan. The succinct, sharp and direct poems in I am The Rage require us to finally confront that which society ignores. Her words, along with the beautiful illustrations by Diana Ejaita, encourage us, no, command us to “wake up.” McGowan shouts from her heart to do so before it’s too late — and we cannot afford to wait that long.

"I am The Rage is a timely look at generations of trauma and inaction." — Bustle

For fans of Amanda Gorman's The Hill We Climb and Morgan Parker's There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, comes a diverse poetry collection like no other. From two Black women of two different generations, I am The Rage provides insights that no think piece on racism can; putting readers in the position of feeling, reflecting, and facing what it means to be Black in America.

Dr. Martina McGowan, a retired doctor and grandmother, uses powerful free verse poetry to express the range of emotions and thoughts she had following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, giving readers a glimpse into an experience that may or may not mirror their own.

Contributing her art, Diana Ejaita's work has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Economist. "The poetry is so intense, the book is so strong, I am very honored...every word was turning and touching my soul. Very emotional," said Ejaita in reaction to her poems being a part of this groundbreaking and educational collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781728245072
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 55,675
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

I Am the Rage 1

Forever Lost between Sunlight and Shadow (for Breonna) 5

Motivated Forgetting 9

Human Enough 11

Navigating This Hazardous Terrain 15

Benediction Number 9 17

There Is Too Little Time 20

America's Postpartum Depression 22

In My Rearview Mirror 24

America's Music 28

Numb to the News 30

Rhetoric 35

We Still Stand (Noble and Proud) 37

A Shocking New Race War 39

How Could We Not Have Appreciated That 42

Why We Beat Our Children 47

A New Song 50

Not Again 52

Be Careful What You Ask of Me 54

Traffic Stop 56

How You Hate to Rape Me 61

Tale of Two Georges 65

America, Something Is Wrong 68

Juneteenth 71

We Are Alike, You and I 75


Spoken Words Fail Me But… 80

Cultural Upheaval 82

Today, I Cannot… 83

What Sadness We Carry in Ordinary Times 88

Acknowledgments 93

About the Author 95

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