Brassbones & Rainbows

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The Collected Works of Shirley Bradley LeFlore
Foreword by Amina Baraka
Introduction by Gabrielle David
MAY 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-9884763-8-7 (eBook)
LCCN: 2013933086



SKU: BBR052014 Categories: , , Tags: , , , , Product ID: 5049


BRASSBONES & RAINBOWS is the debut poetry collection of Shirley Bradley LeFlore, an oral poet and performance artist from St. Louis, Missouri who has been on the literary scene for over five decades. While LeFlore tackles social, political and cultural issues with a profound love for humanity, she also provides insight into self-identity, inner-strength, beauty and faith. A literary griot, LeFlore shares the fabric of verse through jazz, blues and gospel in an easy going, smooth and soothing Southern American dialect mixed with African American Vernacular English serving as musical notes. BRASSBONES & RAINBOWS is a stunning testament to Shirley Bradley LeFlore, a story singer whose words will certainly roll off your tongue. Cover art: Frank Frazier. Photo credit: Kelly Revelle, 520 Photography.

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SHIRLEY BRADLEY LEFLORE is a published and oral poet/performing artist. LeFlore’s poetry and writings have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Spirit & Flame, Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café. She was featured prominently in the critically acclaimed 2009 Random House/Broadway Books novel, Wildflowers, written by her daughter and national bestselling author, Lyah Beth LeFlore, who is producing her play, Rivers of Women at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. Brassbones and Rainbows is her first collection of poetry.


FRANK FRAZIER, a native of Harlem, is a self-taught sculptor, painter and collagist that currently hails from Dallas Texas. With an art career that began when he was seven years old and spans over 50 years, Frazier is well-respected in the international arts community. With artistic inspiration from artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Cattlett, FRazier works with a number of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolors, pen and ink, charcoal and other materials. His work has been shown and featured in numerous museums and galleries, such as the African American Museums, Hempstead, NY; Armour J. Blackburn Gallery, Howard University, Washington, D.C.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Dallas, TX; the Brooklyn Museum, NY; National Civil Rights Museum of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, the Schomburg Center and New York Public Library, New York; and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. His cover art, DooWoop Series: “Those Sista’s Can Sang” was done in a watercolor wash, fits magnificently with Brassbones & Rainbows.

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Download high-resolution photos, book covers, author bios, book information sheets and press releases. Please use photo credits where indicated. Right click on photos and book covers to “save as,” and download PDFs. For more information, contact Gabrielle David at gdavid [AT] 2leafpress [DOT] org.

What People Are Saying

“You can’t be jivin when her voice be horn.” Shirley Bradley LeFlore’s poems refine our world. Her voice is bold, vivid, brave, thick with heart and history. These poems snatch the wind from b’tween the legs of ancestors, and sing, sing her beautiful deepthroat brassband into our skins. LeFlore is a river woman mending our pain, renewing our spirits. Listen! She be whistling griot songs from the Gullah of her drum.

— Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Poet/Curator Calypso Muse Reading Series

Shirley Bradley LeFlore’s book has come just in time. The beauty and majesty of her words has saved me from the paralyzing grip of “poetic humdrum.” Its been quite a while since I’ve jumped heart first into a book. Sang and danced a blue light grind with its metaphors. Thank you Shirley. You’ve got me believing in magic again.

— Layding Kaliba
author of In the Absence of God (Blind Beggar Press),
co-founder of “The Linyak Project”

Shirley LeFlore has long been regarded as a great performance poet and served her community, as few poets do, as unofficial spiritual minister, presiding at weddings, funerals, and other significant life events. Here in her first full collection, essential poems to turn to & return to like valued friends. A book to be celebrated and treasured.

— Michael Castro
Poet and Arts Activist

My closest literary colleague among a worthy group of writers with whom I have worked with for decades, Shirley Bradley LeFlore personifies her unique expressions of black feminine experience as she gets “my bread buttered on both sides” one way or another.

— J.D. Parran, Multi-woodwind improviser, composer and educator


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