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FEATURING 
MARZETTA

Award Winning Author | Editor | Writing Coach | Photographer | Designer

Latest Release

The Garden (2022) 
Black Southern Poetry

“Poetry and playwriting award-winner and Alabamian author Marzetta debuts her first poetry collection for the spiritual gurls. The Garden captures the life and love of Black Southern folk, exploring the intersections of queerness and womanhood.The Garden is a place where you can show up as your authentic self, and be grounded, healed, and spirituality fed.”

STEP INTO MY GARDEN AND FEED YOUR SOUL

#1 New Release on Amazon Kindle

 

#1 Contemporary Poetry- Amazon KDP

 

#1 LGBTQ+ Poetry- Amazon Kindle

 

#9 Black Women's Fiction- Amazon Kindle

 

 Favorite Librarian's Top 10 of 2022 Independently

 

Published African American Literature

Price of Admission:

Starting at $12.99

THE GARDEN 

This body is made for movement/

song and dance

work and sweat/

pick and sift red clay and stone/

till the soil ‘til 

brown beds raise themselves

into a home  

of sweet peas and squash/

cabbages the children will not eat,

tomatoes to be fried green 

or stewed with the mucilage of okra/

 

this body was made to tend to the garden 

firm hands 

just gentle enough 

to snap purple hulls and avoid worms,

pick trees of fig and plum-

plump and juicy like 

the hips gifted 

by big mama and cornbread/

 

grape vines etched into pecan-skin hands

make themselves known as the soil is worked,

and the grass parted like tender-headed plats 

done on the front porch

between grit-creased knees

risen from earth and alter/

 

rainwater and raised beds are 

to canned grease and scalp/

there is a healing after the fire

and the beans begin to sprout

as babies learn mama from milk/

 

 

come to the garden

and see for yourself 

the movement/

the growth/

The One. 

 

 

Sincerely, 

Marzetta

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PRAISE FOR 
THE GARDEN POEMS

Sometimes we want to articulate feelings we have no words for, ideas we can't yet picture, desires we were taught were evil to pursue even when they are not. This book of poems unearths this in a way that is true yet manageable. So relatable in its stories and its words. It was an honor to read, and I can't wait to read more.

Kai Dixon

This collection of poetry is outstanding! She has put so much emotion into words that have not or could not be spoken before. She has spoken for those who are still struggling to find their voice. Bravo! Masterfully written!

Barbara Johnson

Rich. Nuanced. Expansive.

To borrow from Mother Morrison, it isn't written for the white gaze (nor the cishet gaze.) This work is an experience! It is a world without pretense or pandering. It exists, unadulterated. It is voluminous. It is honest. It is Joy. It is tragedy. It is breathing again after tragedy.

Josh Alex Baker

About the Author

Marzetta is a musician, photographer, and writer from Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Alabama A&M University and The University of Alabama, respectively. Marzetta’s research and writing interests predominantly include womanist, queer theory.

A Southern poet at heart, she is inspired by her roots in Wilcox County, Alabama, to explore such intersections in Black kinship and the flesh. Her passions include personal narratives, documentary film making, and performing. 

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