The Young Phillis Wheatley ( Toronto: KidsCan Press, 2009).
The Young Henry Bibb (Toronto: KidsCan Press, 2009).
Poet Afua Cooper draws from her wide knowledge of history – personal and monumental – to evoke the ancestors, vistas of her childhood, memories of family and powerful passion in this new book of poetry, Copper Woman. The colour red appears in many forms – energy, passion, blood, violence, love, fire, lightning storm, rage and roses. Like the red-brown metal, copper, Cooper’s poetry is malleable in each stage of her journey manifested in the five sections of the book –Bird of Paradise, Copper Woman, Biography, Africa Wailin, and Black Madonna. The poems capture her thoughts on the divine feminine and her belief that sexuality can be intensely spiritual and therefore has healing potential.
- Read Review -“Afua Cooper a fitting Copper Woman – July 21, 2006…”
- Read Review – The Chronicle Herald – August 13, 2006
- Read Review – JamaicaStar.com, “Double launch for Afua Cooper” – August 29, 2006
With her poet’s sensibility, Afua Cooper describes the embattled life and trial of Marie-Joseph Angélique… Cooper connects Angélique’s fate with the wide world of Atlantic, American, and Canadian slavery, and with the intimate world of the household where Angélique worked. An enthralling and important tale.”
— Natalie Zemon Davis. author of The Return of Martin Guerre and Slaves on Screen
” The most important piece of Canadian history written in decades, Afua Cooper’s The Hanging of Angélique shakes the earth beneath the Canadian nation story. Thorough, original, and masterful, this book is a stunning reclamation of one woman’s life, but it is also a reclamation of Africans in early North American history. Trenchant and engagingly written, this book is brilliant.”
— Dionne Brand, Award-winning poet and novelist. Author of What We All Long For and A Map to the Door of No Return
Cooper is to be congratulated for long, careful and thoroughly engaged research and passionate, engaging writing.
–Michel Basilieres, Author of Black Bird
Read Review -“Afua Cooper a fitting Copper Woman – July 21, 2006…”
Read Review – The Chronicle Herald – August 13, 2006
Read Review – JamaicaStar.com, “Double launch for Afua Cooper” – August 29, 2006