Literature Reviews

Review: Inky Black Woman by Mina Aidoo

inky black woman

Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)

Title: Inky Black Woman

Poet: Mina Aidoo

Genre: Poetry

Where to buy: Amazon

Summary: ‘Inky Black Woman’ is the debut poetry collection by London Based artist, choreographer and poet, Mina Aidoo. In this collection, Mina explores themes of identity, the body and gender. Her work considers humanity’s relationship with our environment, ourselves and our psyches. This poetry is for all those who are not afraid to play in the vast range of emotions that form the human experience. (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: themes of gore, injury, pain, sexual language, sexual imagery, sexual objectification.


My thoughts

Mina Aidoo’s debut poetry collection had moments of stunning expression, but I struggled with the majority of the poetry book. I found Aidoo’s writing style rather erratic as some of the lines seemed abrupt and sudden; I felt myself having to reread over Aidoo’s poems.

There was one particular line that stood out to me and affected me greatly:

The light, wasn’t as bright

as I remembered.

– Easter

The placement of the comma creates a stillness in this observation, it is almost as if the stanza isn’t actually referring to “light” in a literal manner, but perhaps in a metaphorical way for the speaker. The line altogether is incredibly stirring and bittersweet.

Why did I read it?

I came across the collection on Kindle Unlimited and the cover was quite noticeable!

Does the poet have other works?

According to Goodreads, no.

Overall…

Inky Black Woman was, at times, all right to read, but it wasn’t my kind of poetry.

If you enjoy provocative, tumultuous poetry, then this is for you.

– Melissa Jennings


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