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Love from the Vortex & Other Poems

By Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC), is poet and scholar-activist Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz’s first full-length collection. An archaeological exploration on love and intimacy, the book charts her journey of finding and losing love over the span of three decades with six different men who came into her life at various times, but also offers a universal take on what can happen when one seeks love and connection with others, and the lessons that follow when that connection and love is lost. Revealing moments of happiness, fantasy, frustration, and eventually dealing with the dissolution of relationships, the book moves beyond these anticipated stages to moments of grace and beauty that come with the discovery and practice of self love, and a more fuller understanding of what it means to truly love someone as you love yourself.

Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.

In your opinion, how can Black men show up for Black women better? How do we change the narrative of Black women to the most loved, protected and supported person in America?
How do we take what we learned on our journey of healing to engage in difficult conversations with our partners, family, friends, etc.? How do we create boundaries for ourselves?

"Sealey-Ruiz opens a world to us in which we are reminded of the importance of speaking truthfully- with both love and rage-- about our past and the lovers and loved ones who bring us to the present-- and home" -- Jacqueline Woodson, Red at the Bone

"raised glass to the glorious risk-and-recovery of life" -- Adam Falkner, The Willies


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This recommended reading and discussion guide are shared in partnership with Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz.