Review by Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond
This melodic volume explores relationships between the surreal, impossible conditions (and conditions of impossibility) experienced by Black people and our radical, imaginative “mad Black creativity.” Showing us “lessons [we can] learn from those who make homeland in wasteland” as blueprints for freedom dreaming, Bruce picks apart the self-obscuring cultural and political forces that shape understandings of madness to disempower, disenfranchise, and control Black life and Being. This work undermines violent and trenchant institutional beliefs about normalcy and wellness. It is ratchet. It is unruly. It is gorgeous.