Inhabiting Absence: ZION ROSES

Written by Amílcar Sanatan for Spiderweb Publications on Friday, December 31st, 2021

This collection of poetry continues the global conversation about the dignity, personal and collective histories and creative visions regarding Black life in the aftermath of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement. Yet, Minott’s political messaging is not heavy-handed. While the poet assumes the role to bear witness to “travelling spirits”, “drought-stricken weeks” and the “horizon of a wayward beach”, she is interested in the private dimensions of people’s lives and their relationships to family, the natural environment, ancestors and God.

Minott illustrates the voices and visions of multiple characters in varied contexts throughout the collection but she also speaks to her lived reality.