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The Whorled

Rachel Satterfield

Summer Book Club

I’m collecting ideas and grounding in black feminist theory before I start the masters program in Somatic Psychology at California Institute of Integral studies this fall. Take a look at my second book stack for July!

“Heads of Colored People” and “Bridge Called My Back” traveled into the second stack because of the delish morsels of essays, poems, and short stories that I wanted to savor.

“Heads of Colored People” and “Bridge Called My Back” traveled into the second stack because of the delish morsels of essays, poems, and short stories that I wanted to savor.

I was swept off my feet to see a common theme in all these books- IMAGINATION. Charlene Carruthers calls it "Reviving the Black Radical Imagination." The Black Radical imagination is entwined with rest, desire, connection, reconciliation, and accountability. I have experienced the flight of my black radical imagination. The shock of my mom's sudden death in 2013 left me deep in grief, denial, and bereft of any imagination or desire for my future. It took a magical cocktail of rest, dance, ocean, community, accepting sadness and anger, taking a chance on loving and losing that brought me back into the embrace of my imagination.

This quote from Austin Channing Brown is perfect for what I learned about accepting and facing my humanity.

"For only by being truthful about how we got here can we begin to imagine another way."

After thoroughly enjoying every book in this stack, I realized that I had gone off the road from my original list (West Oakland Library is distracting in the best way). Now with less than a month and a half before classes start on Aug 24th, my list is twice as long. (Thanks to adrienne maree brown and Charlene A. Carruthers relentless IN TEXT referencing of sources! I'm unenthusiastic about turning to that appendix). My last stack will be smaller so that I have more time to play outside in all the July light. Even though the competitive reader in me feels taunted by "incomplete" reading lists, I think the reading I've done so far and my ever growing list will serve as a grounding pivot point for my future academic writing, research and relating.

Anticipation