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A Map of My Want

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An offspring of Audre Lorde’s seminal essay “Uses of the Erotic,” Hicks’s A Map of My Want follows a nonbinary femme as they explore the sensual intersection of the personal and the political, a crossroads to which their sexual liberation brought them after their escape from a religious cult. Lyrically, Hicks interprets the US Declaration of Independence's infamous “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for themselves. Combining storytelling with Western astrology, this poetry collection is an intimate erotic spell through which Hicks conjures joy as they develop an alternate theory on how to attain happiness—through ecstatic healing.

100 pages. Paperback. 

About the Author

Faylita Hicks (she/they) is a queer interdisciplinary Afro-Latinx artist working at the crossroads of social justice and spirituality, where creative endeavors become a catalyst for significant change and profound connection within the community. 

From the written word to the live stage, Hicks' poetry fearlessly uses their personal experiences to delve into the critical realms of poverty, racism, mass incarceration, homelessness, and legislative violence. Their dynamic performances and magnetic readings serve as a powerful lens, offering perspective on both regional and national issues. Hicks' creative practice and advocacy have highlighted legislative campaigns related to equity, the challenging of the 13th Amendment, and the efforts to put an end to the injustice of cash bail.

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