Monday, September 10, 2012

Stitchin’ and Pullin’ a Gee’s Bend Quilt


      This collection of poetry is based upon the individualistic and innovative attitudes of those famous quilt artists living in the close-knit community of historical Gee’s Bend.  Patricia C. Mckissack writes about a young girl who learns to sew under the careful guidance of her mother and grandmother, neighbors and friends, using whatever materials have meaning and will provide warmth.

“Mama told me,
“Cloth has a memory.”
I hope
the dark blue work shirt remembers
how hard Daddy has worked . . .
all his life.
If by chance the cloth forgets,
 I want to always remember . . .
all of it.”


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