A personal reading of Robin M. Boylorn's rich, troubling, critical, and beautifully composed text Sweetwater inspired the author to respond in the poetic form of the blues. Mixing major (hopeful) and minor (heartbreaking) themes and written as a lament, the author confronts the sorrow of marginalization and praises the brave and hopeful power of Boylorn's writing, which speaks in personal, familial, and cultural registers about the oppression and resilience of Southern black women. This song resolves by highlighting the philosophical and theoretical possibilities made possible by the critical auto/ethnographic storytelling exemplified in Sweetwater.
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