For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf is a choreopoem that was first performed on Broadway in 1976.  Its seven characters are all black women identified only by the color of their clothing (lady in brown, lady in blue, lady in orange, etc), and each live in different cities across the United States.

The book is full of powerful prose, and the women each take turns talking about the difference experiences they face, such as love, rape, domestic violence, virginity, and youth.

I first read excerpts of this book in undergrad, and I’m glad that I came back and read For Colored Girls in its entirety.  I’m not usually a fan of poetry, but Shange’s work is captivating; I would love to see a performance of this someday.  It’s a pretty easy read in terms of length (the book is only about 80 pages long), but some might find some of the topics—particularly rape and domestic violence—difficult to get through.

In terms of its place in the womanist/feminist canon, this one’s definitely a must-read.

Publisher/Year: Scribner, 1997 (Reprint)
Source: Library
Format: Print


If you’re looking for the main Feminist Texican blog, fear not!  Just click here.

I decided to create a second reading-based blog just because it’s easier to organize.  I’m participating in several reading challenges this year, and rather than clog up the main blog with non-feminist/Latin@ book reviews (and rather than frustrate the crap out of myself trying to organize the book page on the main blog accordingly), it’s just easier to start a separate reading blog and link it to the main one.

I’ll still be posting feminist/Latin@-related reviews on the main site, especially if they’re review copies!

At some point, I promise figure out all that newfangled technology so everything looks all nice and pretty on my own domain.  Until then, I will continue working from this janky setup. 😉