|Alyson Publications (2000)
In a novella and 11 stories, widely published author and dancer Donna Allegra presents a lyrical and stirring portrait of black lesbians set against the backdrop of West African, jazz, and hip-hop dance. In each story readers inhabit the skin of women who live for dance, women who work and love in a world in which bodies are disrobed and constantly on parade but where lesbian erotics are rarely spoken. But for all these lesbians, women come first in importance-an uncommon stance in the new mythology that paints black women as self-sacrificing towers of strength waiting to exhale. Donna Allegra is a poet and dancer living in New York City. Her work has been published extensively in magazines, and anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica, Hers, Does Your Mama Know, and Lesbian Travels. She is the winner of the Pat Parker Memorial Poetry Award and was a runner-up for the Audre Lorde Poetry Prize in 1994.