Yabo by Alexis De Veaux

2014, paperback

See Yabo ... like a Mingus composition: Pentecostal, blues-inflected, full of wit and that deep literacy of the black diaspora. The present, the past, the uncertain future collapse upon themselves in this narrative of place/s. ...Yabo calls our ghosts back and holds us accountable for memory.

— Cheryl Clarke, author, Living as a Lesbian and The Days of Good Looks

Alexis De Veaux laces together the past and the present with poetic elegance in an intricate and delicate pattern of call and response. ...Echoing the work of Jean Toomer and Toni Morrison, Yabo speaks in a powerful and insistent cadence about things we may have forgotten: death, desire, magic and the drum beat of resilience.

— Jewelle Gomez, author, The Gilda Stories