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Perfect Black

Perfect Black

by Crystal Wilkinson

Foreword by Nikky Finney

Illustrated by Ronald W. Davis

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

112 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.00 in, 36 illustrations

  • Paperback
  • 9780813151168
  • Published: August 2021

$19.95 TD

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813151151
  • Published: August 2021

$29.95 TD


Crystal Wilkinson combines a deep love for her rural roots with a passion for language and storytelling in this compelling collection of poetry and prose about girlhood, racism, and political awakening, imbued with vivid imagery of growing up in Southern Appalachia. In Perfect Black, the acclaimed writer muses on such topics as motherhood, the politics of her Black body, lost fathers, mental illness, sexual abuse, and religion. It is a captivating conversation about life, love, loss, and pain, interwoven with striking illustrations by her long-time partner, Ronald W. Davis.