Sharon Dennis Wyeth
The poems in Black Eye explore domestic violence witnessed by a child and its impact. Alternately dramatic and surreal, the poems also lend insight to a complex African American identity.
Sharon Dennis Wyeth’s poetry mines a family triangle to reveal an “ache of flowering.” After the “Black Eye” of hurt, her poems emerge “sheathed in silver.” What was hidden, inscribed in memories and shadowed by ghosts, emerges in bruising, burning race and sex. “Black Eye”: damage, blackness, seeing and recovery. Through these searchings, we can understand what we also must try to uncover about our heritage and ourselves.
–Francis Klein, author of “Dais,” “Untouched by Morning” and “Podebrady” from Finishing Line Press.
In Black Eye, Sharon Dennis Wyeth renders each broken blood vessel in vivid color, deftly weaving poems about domestic abuse with her own awakening to the politics of race, color, and womanhood. These poems are bold in their confrontation of a past laced with pain and resilience, unapologetic in examining colorism and passing in the black community, and prismatic as they delve into dream worlds that explore a fragmented interior mirroring the bruised and healing exterior. As Dennis Wyeth writes in ‘The Sin of It’ these poems “ache of flowering.”
–Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Author of “Haint”
Sharon Dennis Wyeth's poetry has appeared in Cura Magazine, Squaw Valley Review, The Hollins Critic, and Cave Canem Anthologies. A graduate of Harvard University with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College, Ms. Wyeth is a member of the Cave Canem fellowship of African American poets. She is also the author of award winning children's and young adult books-Something Beautiful, The Granddaughter Necklace and others. A native of Washington, D.C., she lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband, author and consultant Sims Wyeth.