A much-needed addition to social science and philosophy shelves everywhere ... the book allows readers to connect to women’s inner and outer truths—their desires, realities, hopes for the future, and immediate needs ... Most important, the flow of the book will propel people to read further, learn more, and delve deeply into the subject matter in the hope that all can gain more understanding. This groundbreaking anthology resonates with studies, tales, and songs that have been ignored for far too long ... It’s time people listen to Black lesbians and utilize that knowledge into action to improve lives. This book is a gateway into that action. An essential component to any social science shelf, this is transformative, vital reading.
This book might have been subtitled An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing. After all, it offers poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—some of it scholarly and historical, and some of it confessional, poetic, personal ... The bodies in Mouths of Rain belong to women who are Black and lesbian. They all belong to Americans, specifically North Americans. The presence of Black gay women from other countries would have added depth to this book. All revolutions and revolutionaries, whether they are political, spiritual, cultural, sexual, or a combination of all four, play with language ... an erotic coming out of the closet anthology that takes individual voices and weaves them together in a chorus that’s loud, raucous, and lyrical ... There’s also humor ... Now 75, Smith is a wise elder who ought to be far more widely known than she is. Mouths of Rain offers readers a rare opportunity to begin to hear the way her mind works.
Jones traces 'the long history of love between Black women' in this wide-ranging, celebratory anthology. Documenting 'the purview of the poet, blues woman, essayist, and critic,' Jones collects cultural criticism, theory, personal essay, and poetry from 1909 to 2019 ... Jones’s inspiring and prodigious anthology is striking.