Bloodstone Cowboy by Kara Jackson

Young Chicago Authors

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Kara Jackson’s Bloodstone Cowboy is a reclamation of her lineage, an affirmation of self, and a declaration of her right to contain multitudes. These poems from the 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate complicate the definition of womanhood, troubling what it means to live in a body and love it. A complex and resilient love permeates Jackson’s writing, from anthems praising her full belly to poems grappling with “sort-of” love for her midwestern hometown. Drawing on the rich traditions of Lucille Clifton and Sharon Olds, this expansive collection proudly claims the inheritance of her family’s southern roots, while carving out space for Jackson to exist fully without shame. As she writes, “when the day calls I will answer to my name / claim it”
Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 8.4", 42 pages
Materials: Softcover book

Young Chicago Authors
(East Village)

Through creative writing, Young Chicago Authors helps young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable. Founded twenty eight years ago by Bob Boone,YCA has become a home for teens and young adults looking for ways to express themselves and find a diverse community to inspire and support them. YCA’s programs ignite academic development and illuminate opportunities for post-high school study and work. Effectively, YCA offers young people a view of a tomorrow that is better than today.