“Her voice is suave steel that will make you feel the funk of life, the blues of existence, the rap of rhyme and the neo-soul of resistance.” – George Elliott Clarke, Governor General Award Winning Poet
~This book is amazing, it is the reason i fell in love with poetry when i was in grade 10. My english teacher chose her poem to read to start off the poetry unit and ever since then I havent turned my back on poetry… -Wemi
~This book is so amazing. I read it while on the subway to go to work and missed my stop several times because I was so into what I was reading. She is putting really positive messages out there and men, women and children will benefit from taking a look at this book. Check out Stay Strong, my personal favourite. -Ronny
“The eternal wail of woman story permeates the lyrics of Motion’s poetry. Her seat is Toronto but her vision ranges across the expanse of the African Diaspora, and like the shamaness Madame Laveau she incants tales of loss, rage, sorrow, healing, love, and power. Motion’s work has the ethereal quality of a Dionne Brand and the immediacy of an Amiri Baraka. Thus, in the tradition of her ancestor poets, Motion uses poetry to transform the world.…In the tradition of her ancestor poets, Motion uses poetry to transform the world.”
– Afua Cooper, Author of The Hanging of Angélique.
~40 dayz, is an urban, funk anthem for the T.Dot… -T.L Cowan, Canadian Literature
~There has always been in Motion’s writing an ownership of words – and a willingness to bend them to her will, a fearlessness when it comes to digging around in uncomfortable emotional spaces, and an acknowledgment of the power of her voice. -Joanne Hillhouse, Antigua Observer
REVIVAL: Anthology of Black Canadian Writing
Featuring Motion/ Jemini /George Elliot Clarke Althea Prince /Afua Cooper /Nalo Hopkinson /Olive Senior, Pamela Mordecai & more…
Drawing on fiction, poetry, and memoir, this anthology brings together an impressively varied selection of outstanding work by both well-known writers and new voices. Donna Bailey Nurse’s lively and invaluable introduction deftly explores the various themes and motifs that define and illuminate the meaning of being black, while tracing the evolution of this influential literature through colonialism, post-colonialism, and decolonization.
This engaging collection celebrates a body of writing that holds an increasingly visible and important place within Canadian literature, and stands among the finest literary anthologies in the country.
T-DOT GRIOTS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TORONTO’S BLACK STORYTELLERS: Edited by Karen Richardson & Steven Green
Featuring Motion, Trey Anthony, Ian Kamau, Weyni Mengesha, Naila K. M. Belvett, Travis Blackman, Del F. Cowie, Da Original One, Jabari Elliot, heronJonse, Hajile Kalaike, Dwayne Morgan, Al St. Louis, Unblind, Wendy Vincent and more…
GIVE VOICE edited by Rita Deverell
Developed in Obsidian Theatre‘s Playwright’s Unit, these short plays, in the many dialects of the Black voice, highlight the talent of some of Canada’s brightest emerging playwrights.
Featuring new plays by Motion, Dian Marie Bridge, Rachel Lee Rickards and more…
“I asked my Sistah Motion to give me a piece of poetry that I can post on the site and she obliged and gave me this Fresh piece encapsulating Graffiti…” ~ Eklipz
Layout and illustration by Eklipz, Photography by AWK
In the Black: New African Canadian Literature
The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry
“This anthology is a veritable tour de force into the Antiguan and Barbudan culture, life and times. The works are pithy, salient, beautiful, moving and poignant. Through Antiguan daughter of the soil, Althea Prince, local writers speakespousing and exposing the intellectual creativity of a small nation with big ideas.” -Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, PhD. Minister of Education, Antigua & Barbuda.
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