I had rainbows on the brain today after I finished reading Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” which led to my idea of chasing my own rainbow. My brother gave me this book for Christmas, and I highly recommend it—though I’m sure it’s even better to see as the performance. It’s beautiful, empowering, and thought provoking.
In “for colored girls…” Shange discusses everything from date rape to love to sisterhood. That theme really stood out to me—women’s loyalty to other women. It reminded me how important that is. But I also loved her depictions of relationships between men and women. Basically, it’s fantastic. Read it.
Here’s one part I especially loved:
“i loved you on purpose
i was open on purpose
i still crave vulnerability & close talk
& i’m not even sorry bout you bein sorry
you can carry all the guilt & grime ya wanna
just dont give it to me
i cant use another sorry
you should admit
you’re mean/low-down/triflin/& no count straight out
steada bein sorry alla the time
enjoy bein yrself”
And that is why I love reading women’s writing.