me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun.

me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun.


Aziza Barnes, 2013



Aziza Barnes’s me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, the winner of the 2012 Button Poetry Prize.

“Sharp as a set of teeth, illuminating like a bullet hole in a window, Aziza Barnes is a daring and vital voice. Her poems have that rare combination of inviting you in while rewarding you for revisiting her words. She is a poet who understands that writing is bloody and poetry is missed punches in dreamtime. Read these poems and look at her go.”
—Contest Judge Bao Phi, author of Song I Sing

“Aziza Barnes’s voice allows the past to transform the future. And we could all use more of that.”
—Beau Sia, author of The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time

About Aziza Barnes

Aziza Barnes is a brown woman poet from Los Angeles currently living in New York. She is a senior at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, pursuing her BFA in theater, creative writing and Africana… MORE

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  1. Sean DesVignes

    This book is a must-get!! Get a copy right strikin’ now!

  2. Micah Goodrich (verified owner)

    Delicate and haunting, Aziza Barnes writes anger with eloquence. These words jump off the page and greet you. Get this book and get inspired.

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