Cast Iron Life

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Cast Iron Life


A Collection of Poems and Recipes
by Danielle Drake-Burnette




“In Cast Iron Life, Danielle Drake-Burnette provides an unforgettable poetic and culinary feast that sizzles with the timeless wisdom of our grandmothers!”
Belvie Rooks, Co-founder, Growing a Global Heart

“Danielle Drake-Burnette is hot! No turning down the heat or letting up on the beat-the intensity it takes to tell the truth.  Her job.  She honors her African American Ancestors in both their poems and in the down-home recipes she inserts between them to give us “sobering lines of truth” and “wisdom manifest.” Her words are “unleashing revolution.”  Listen to this Warrior Queen and you won’t want to stop.” 
China Galland, author of Love Cemetery, Unburying the Secret History of Slaves

“Danielle Drake-Burnette has put forth an amazing text and necessary affirmation for not only contemporary Black Literature, but for the African American voice as a whole.  This book affirms that our poetry, stories, songs and reflections are not drawn from obscurity.  The narrative that sounds from these pages is a reflection of the fabric woven in our consciosness from the sweetest of simplicities-cooking, laughing, rejoicing, and loving Yo Mama!  Truly a brilliant offering from a phenomenal woman…” 
Ise Lyfe, Poet/Educator and Commissioner of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of Oakland, CA

“Cast Iron Life is a mouthwatering treat for the visual palate.  A true concoction of energy, emotion and entrees, this creative blend is destined to satisfy the Spirit.  Full of tasteful poetry and finger-licking recipes, this is one work that should be passed down through the generations of artists, food lovers and proud women alike.  Bon appetit!” 
Brandy K. Daley, aka “Scorpio Blues”, Spoken Word Artist & CEO, Hotwater Cornbread

Additional information


Planetize the Movement Press

Publication Date

Fall 2009