As we prepare for the launch of my book, page as bone ~ ink as blood, I am filled with excitement. This is my first book. See below for the back cover blurb….
“Jonina knows the black holes caused by trauma; that one must learn to trust their feelings and let the pen follow the scent of the story that the body holds within it. What our minds have forgotten or locked away, the body never forgets. The result of her willingness to ‘let go’ is a loosely woven collection of poems and lyric prose that follow the contemplations of a mixed race woman. Death, desire and divination are the threads running through the narrative as it ventures often into what some call ‘betweenness’, living in two worlds e.g. mixed race, spirit and the concrete world, and how the veil lifts for her and others. As she struggles for footing in this world she is gifted with visits from a mother long gone… but not all visitors are welcome.
Said to be dark and delicate by some, the pieces are like whispers in the night; haunting and filled with a quiet truth telling that allows creative licence where her father is held hostage in a hut and she can turn her Christian mother into a witch by night. Loosely autobiographical, they are the weavings of a wagon-goddess who moves from her disco days of trance dance to her dream kitchen as a mother and wife. With this collection Jonina adds her voice to the call for the kind of fierce honesty referred to by Muriel Rukeyser when she said,
“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”
Jonina tells her truth with gentleness and patience, splitting the world open one line at a time.”