A Poet’s Response
The final chapter is anchored by a poem from Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, titled “Touch.” Johnson argues that the poem exemplifies a central tension of these narratives by Black, queer, Southern women: the homophobia of the South and these women’s commitment to making the region more hospitable for Black, queer life. He discusses the work of Black feminist scholars Evelynn Hammonds, Darlene Clark Hine, and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham in publishing scholarship that rethinks strategies of survival, and stresses that Black. Queer. Southern. Women. follows in this intellectual vein. Finally, Johnson also offers a brief reflection on his subject position as a cisgender, Black, gay, middle-class academic from the South and the ways that this positionality shaped the work.
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