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Women’s sexuality is used as a weapon against them. In this stunning debut, Britteney Black Rose Kapri lends her unmistakable voice to fraught questions of identity, sexuality, reclamation, and power, in a world that refuses Black Queer women permission to define their own lives and boundaries.


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Women’s sexuality is used as a weapon against them. In this stunning debut, Britteney Black Rose Kapri lends her unmistakable voice to fraught questions of identity, sexuality, reclamation, and power, in a world that refuses Black Queer women permission to define their own lives and boundaries.

30 review for Black Queer Hoe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rod-Kelly Hines

    A celebration, a cuss out, a fuck you and a prayer is what this collection is. Black Rose forces you to stare and then asks what the fuck you looking at. This book is for YOU not for you, so don't trip on not being invited, just enjoy your moment gazing in from the outside. Yeah. She queer, and she a hoe, and she black and you can rearrange those identities and it wouldn't make a difference because they add up to one person who is vulnerable, mad, exultant, loyal, ruthless, and regal in the full A celebration, a cuss out, a fuck you and a prayer is what this collection is. Black Rose forces you to stare and then asks what the fuck you looking at. This book is for YOU not for you, so don't trip on not being invited, just enjoy your moment gazing in from the outside. Yeah. She queer, and she a hoe, and she black and you can rearrange those identities and it wouldn't make a difference because they add up to one person who is vulnerable, mad, exultant, loyal, ruthless, and regal in the fullness of her being. Excellent collection!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tori (InToriLex)

    Content Warning: Racism, Feminism, Sexually Explicit Language From the introduction to the last page this collection of poems entertained, enlightened, and challenged me. The topics of the poems ranged from serious explorations on race, body image, hoeness, and queerness. I related to this book in a multitude of ways because of the honesty and humor. I have already reread poems and keep thinking about certain lines. The ability of this author to compelling be herself and own her full identity Content Warning: Racism, Feminism, Sexually Explicit Language From the introduction to the last page this collection of poems entertained, enlightened, and challenged me. The topics of the poems ranged from serious explorations on race, body image, hoeness, and queerness. I related to this book in a multitude of ways because of the honesty and humor. I have already reread poems and keep thinking about certain lines. The ability of this author to compelling be herself and own her full identity without compromise, challenged me to take a closer look at myself. It is easy to forget to practice self love and ignore the many ways society wants to limit who women are. i'm not your black friend. not your hero. this book isn't for you. its a celebration of my Blackness, my Queerness, my Hoeness, none of which exists without the other The tragic cost of being black, poor and male is deftly explored in the poem for Colored boys who considered gangbanging when being Black was too much. The title alone speaks volumes about the reality's and choices people face because of racism. There are far too many people who treat racism like a series of isolated incidents instead of a systematic problem. This book challenges readers to reexamine how they overlook and confront oppression in all of its forms. It also explores sexuality in a unflinching celebratory way, which I cheered on loudly. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys modern poetry. but we don't talk about it. because its ugly. and we are taught to bury our ugly in lovers who have already seen us Recommended for Readers who - readers who want to think more deeply about racism, sexuality and womenhood - enjoy well crafted poetry from own voice authors - want to consider changing the way they approach allyship

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bonne

    It is time to sit down, shut up, and listen to BIPOC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    MeaganCM

    Yes! Please and thank you 😊😊

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jolene

    Buy this book. Anything I could say about it would be inadequate.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Page

    Thank you Edelweiss+ and Haymarket Books for this advanced eGalley of "Black Queer Hoe". embarrassing white folks and f*ckboys is my american pastime. this book isn't an invitation. i am not your therapist or here to validate that one time you stood up to your grandpa by telling him colored was outdated. don't applaud yourselves. instead show a Black woman you appreciate them. all we want is reparations and to be left the f*ck alone. If ever there was a summary, then Britteney Black Rose Kapri pro Thank you Edelweiss+ and Haymarket Books for this advanced eGalley of "Black Queer Hoe". 
embarrassing white folks and f*ckboys is my american pastime. this book isn't an invitation. i am not your therapist or here to validate that one time you stood up to your grandpa by telling him colored was outdated. don't applaud yourselves. instead show a Black woman you appreciate them. all we want is reparations and to be left the f*ck alone. 
If ever there was a summary, then Britteney Black Rose Kapri provides it, in her own words. 
This book isn't meant to be accessible (or acceptable)to everyone, Kapri makes that very clear. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it. In fact, because of its raw honesty, you should pick it up immediately! 
Kapri takes on multiple topics: toxic masculinity, sexual freedom, misogyny, cultural appropriation, street harassment, multiracial identity, sexual politics, etc. No topic goes untouched, and each one receives the unapologetic attention it deserves. 
I was forced to check my level of "wokeness" at the door a few times because, even as a Black woman, I know I have work to do in order to be a better advocate for those within my personal reach. 
"Black Queer Hoe" is a fresh take, on old and new topics of conversation, and is offered as part of Haymarket Book's Breakbeat Poets series--which is described as "committed to work that brings the aesthetic of hip-hop practice to the page. These books are a cipher for the fresh, with an eye always to the next". 
I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to such an enlightened, fresh, and straight-forward voice, as a result of this venture, and I look forward to seeing what Kapri does next.


  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    One of the many fun things about reading this in public is when an old white dude insists on knowing what you're reading, so you tell him and watch the horror-confusion wash over him, slowly, from his New Balance sneakers all the way to his balding pate. I would read a granola recipe called Queer Black Hoe, so why wouldn't you want to read a whole book with that title? Do it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Fraser

    I know I am not the intended audience for this book, but I enjoyed it. It deserves to be read by the people who see themselves in the poems and the people who don't share those experiences (and who, like me, shouldn't say half the words in the book). Britteney Black Rose Kapri knows when to take a moment, thought, or word (especially the three words in the title) and tease out its implications for days, but also how to cut through wordiness to get an the underlying truth in a more direct way (su I know I am not the intended audience for this book, but I enjoyed it. It deserves to be read by the people who see themselves in the poems and the people who don't share those experiences (and who, like me, shouldn't say half the words in the book). Britteney Black Rose Kapri knows when to take a moment, thought, or word (especially the three words in the title) and tease out its implications for days, but also how to cut through wordiness to get an the underlying truth in a more direct way (such as in her series of cross-out poems). Despite or because of its brazenness, it is an inviting and often joyous book. These poems straddle a difficult line between unapologetic and vulnerable; they are unafraid of playfulness or honesty, of confession or performance. This collection should be celebrated at a time during which both vulnerability and brazenness, in poetry and in Black femmes, is scrutinized and dismissed. Though short and full of life, this collection is not trivial. If the title turns you off because you think it's not respectable, then this collection is worth reading to meditate on and to unpack the codes, baggage, and assumptions that inform your perceptions of those words and identities.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and wow, this book. Preorder it now because it deserves to be read all over by everyone. That said, I feel very aware in writing this review that Black Queer Hoe isn't written *for me*. It's very clear that Black Rose Kapri writes for Black Femmes specifically and unapologetically - and I appreciate that so much about her work. The line "Spent the past twenty-nine years working on being the best version of myself, which means I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and wow, this book. Preorder it now because it deserves to be read all over by everyone. That said, I feel very aware in writing this review that Black Queer Hoe isn't written *for me*. It's very clear that Black Rose Kapri writes for Black Femmes specifically and unapologetically - and I appreciate that so much about her work. The line "Spent the past twenty-nine years working on being the best version of myself, which means loving the worst versions of myself" was a complete paradigm shift for me. The poem "Queer Enough" is one I want to shout from the mountaintops & put in everyone's hands. These are poems I'll be returning to & learning more from each time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Faith Hale

    So brilliant and embodied and awake - I couldn't read it before bed because it got me too riled up to sleep easy. Powerful and vulnerable, tender and angry, you can hear her voice and it's huge. Here's a tiny sample poem called "haiku for reparations" which, if you dig, read the whole book now for sure: both these armrests mine / now. set laid all the way back. / your comfort mine too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    rebecca

    Required reading for middle school children and women with New Yorker tote bags.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karla Strand

    This book is EVERYTHING. #requiredreading

  13. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    I gave this collection of poetry 5/5 stars. It was raw, noteworthy, and honestly hard to put down. Impressive. I was enamored by the poem "Queer Enough": "sometimes i think i haven't loved enough women to call myself queer. haven't fought off enough dudes trying to turn me back. haven't been invited cause i am not public enough. haven't cut off enough family for speaking out the side of they necks. haven't ate enough pussy. haven't gone to enough gay spaces. haven't defiantly held enough hands in I gave this collection of poetry 5/5 stars. It was raw, noteworthy, and honestly hard to put down. Impressive. I was enamored by the poem "Queer Enough": "sometimes i think i haven't loved enough women to call myself queer. haven't fought off enough dudes trying to turn me back. haven't been invited cause i am not public enough. haven't cut off enough family for speaking out the side of they necks. haven't ate enough pussy. haven't gone to enough gay spaces. haven't defiantly held enough hands in the face of potential violence. haven't bled enough. haven't felt out of place enough. haven't been accused of wandering eyes in the locker room enough. haven't lost enough friends. though i've lost friends. haven't had enough rumors spread. haven't hated enough." In "hidradenitis suppurativa, pt. 2" Black Rose discusses a skin condition she has lived with since she was 16 years old and how it has affected her in many ways, physically and emotionally and the people she chooses to date. "...i get them around my vagina and anus. this poem is written to pus and salt. and this thing is so common. but we don't talk about it. because it's ugly we are taught to bury our ugly in lovers who have already seen us. cause i don't know if finding a man who respects me is worth more than the ones i've already shown my scars to. or explained my scars to." I thoroughly enjoyed each poem and found myself sharing so many passages with those around me as I read. This definitely is not for the faint of heart.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tom Crehore

    We give each other a hard time. Sometimes the jokes cut a little too close, but we don't let on how much some of them sting. One time, though, a friend made a comment that was a joke but in reality flayed this person wide open. In reading their expressions as they processed the words, I got to take a long look down their emotional hallway, and saw how much we were alike. That's how I felt reading this book. To use so few words to expose such vulnerability and to forecast such a storm of confiden We give each other a hard time. Sometimes the jokes cut a little too close, but we don't let on how much some of them sting. One time, though, a friend made a comment that was a joke but in reality flayed this person wide open. In reading their expressions as they processed the words, I got to take a long look down their emotional hallway, and saw how much we were alike. That's how I felt reading this book. To use so few words to expose such vulnerability and to forecast such a storm of confidence (whether real or not) had me up and walking around when I read this, which I only do when absorbing great writing, or when having a conversation with a few select friends. It's poetry that makes you stop, rest the book on your leg, and forces you to stare at the far wall until you have understood the insights. Marvelous.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carl Arthur

    The title is pretty spot-on. An autobiographical collection of poems that show the author's thoughts and feelings about herself and American society at-large (can't really have one without the other). Each poem is a banger that will knock you out of your seat. Britteney Black Rose Kapri's voice is bold, unapologetic, and vulnerable. It is painfully intimate, yet thoroughly entertaining. Being a black cis dude, I am grateful this book was recommended to me. My favorite line is from the poem 'other The title is pretty spot-on. An autobiographical collection of poems that show the author's thoughts and feelings about herself and American society at-large (can't really have one without the other). Each poem is a banger that will knock you out of your seat. Britteney Black Rose Kapri's voice is bold, unapologetic, and vulnerable. It is painfully intimate, yet thoroughly entertaining. Being a black cis dude, I am grateful this book was recommended to me. My favorite line is from the poem 'othered': "but i can't trust folks who can only find empathy when facing a mirror. the 'what would you do if this was your mother or daughter' dudes, the 'us too' white folks." Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Luna Valentine

    finally! experimental poetry i understand! everyone i know irl - every black person anyway - talks just like it. it's so refreshing to see in a poetry book. sometimes - most of the time - i don't reread poetry books unless i'm upping my reading goal or an extended edition has been released but i will 10000000% read this one over and over and over again. this is so real, so raw, so authentic! this was one of few books lately i've sat down and enjoyed as opposed to looking at the location number w finally! experimental poetry i understand! everyone i know irl - every black person anyway - talks just like it. it's so refreshing to see in a poetry book. sometimes - most of the time - i don't reread poetry books unless i'm upping my reading goal or an extended edition has been released but i will 10000000% read this one over and over and over again. this is so real, so raw, so authentic! this was one of few books lately i've sat down and enjoyed as opposed to looking at the location number wondering when it's going to be over. (even had a poem about the parkers! i love that show). 100/100 recommend

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hogmire

    Perfect. And if you get a chance to see Kapri read live, fight tooth and nail to get there. I'll leave the last word to her, from "a reading guide: for white people reading my book": "embarrassing white folks and fuckboys is / my american pastime. this book isn't an invitation. i am / not your therapist or here to validate that one time you / stood up to your grandpa by telling him colored was / outdated. don't applaud yourselves. instead show a Black / woman you appreciate them. all we want is Perfect. And if you get a chance to see Kapri read live, fight tooth and nail to get there. I'll leave the last word to her, from "a reading guide: for white people reading my book": "embarrassing white folks and fuckboys is / my american pastime. this book isn't an invitation. i am / not your therapist or here to validate that one time you / stood up to your grandpa by telling him colored was / outdated. don't applaud yourselves. instead show a Black / woman you appreciate them. all we want is reparations / and to be left the fuck alone. / by you."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Inda

    I had the privilege of attending a reading of Britteney's work at our book festival this month. I got a copy of the book afterwards. I'm reminded of the early 2000s when I first fell in love with spoken word poetry, particularly those writers who managed a plethora of emotions and experiences within their work. She is definitely one of the best I've ever had the opportunity to experience. I'm always happy to find poetry that resonates and challenges me, so I can't say enough good things about th I had the privilege of attending a reading of Britteney's work at our book festival this month. I got a copy of the book afterwards. I'm reminded of the early 2000s when I first fell in love with spoken word poetry, particularly those writers who managed a plethora of emotions and experiences within their work. She is definitely one of the best I've ever had the opportunity to experience. I'm always happy to find poetry that resonates and challenges me, so I can't say enough good things about this collection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Payge Rustad

    Unapologetically raw, Black Queer Hoe is beyond good. "Embarrassing white folks and f*ckboys is an american pastime. this book isn't an invitation. i am not your therapist or here to validate that one time you stood up to your grandpa by telling him colored was outdated. don't applaud yourselves. instead show a Black woman you appreciate them." Don't just read this book, LEARN from it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Greg Adams

    Not for the faint of heart, Britteney's collection of strong Black female poetry showcases a booming voice that dares you to ignore it. I laughed out loud and gasped a few times, but that's exactly the point--don't look away from any of these poems! These are in-your-face observations of a "Black Queer Hoe." Damn!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jalessah Jackson

    I picked this book up to read just a few pages this morning, and ended up reading it in its entirety. So much resonated with me. I laughed out loud, read some poems twice, read many out loud. I needed to read this, and I’m incredibly glad I did.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jameelah

    When you're in the mirror critiquing everything about yourself, #BlackQueerHoe is like the friend that grabs you and says, "girl you look good. now come on let's go". This BQH felt seen and validated. Thank you @BlkRseKapri

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Weaver

    A powerfully, unapologetic piece that demands you listen and respect the bitch! I have never read anything that gave me so much sensation. A riveting look into one’s truth and she claims her dominance and consistency.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott Moore

    My final book read in 2018 - and what an incredible collection, affirmed by Danez Smith’s opening analysis. “but i can’t trust folks who can only find empathy when facing a mirror. the what would you do if this was your mother or daughter dudes, the us too white folks...”

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justlesa Hall

    Beautiful, powerful words. Read it. Buy a copy for your sister, your girlfriend, your favorite person. "Like all black Chicago women I have been preparing my womb to carry a stillborn. A baby to grow but not man. "

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen A. Lloyd

    Yes, biiiiitch!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Loved it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Haley Jo

    An impeccable, stunning collection that I’ll be returning to for years to come. I can’t wait to read more of Kapri’s work.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frank Karioris

    Power.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Run to get this book, order it, get it delivered to all your devices just read it some kinda way right now.

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