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Table of Contents

A Note ix
From the Lab Notebooks of the Last Experiments 3
Archive of Dirt: What We Did 31
Archive of Sky: What We Became 71
Archive of Fire: Rate of Change 89
Archive of Ocean: Origin 105
Baskets (Possible Futures Yet to Be Woven) 133
Memory Drive 185
Acknowledgments 213
Notes 217
Periodic Kitchen Table of Elements 227

About the Author

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, also published by Duke University Press; coeditor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines; and the founder and director of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an educational program based in Durham, North Carolina.

Reviews

"M Archive adds to and extends the critical work being done around breath, breathing, and blackness. And in so doing, it gives us a reason to breathe - independently and collectively - again."
-- Sasha Panaram * New Black Man in Exile *
"Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a literary treasure. M Archive, the second book in an innovative trilogy that began with Spill, is evidence of her brilliance." * Bitch Magazine *
"Groundbreaking.... This is an impressive archive 'written in collaboration with the survivors' and the mythology that Gumbs develops from the artifacts of future black life and memory works to reveal an existence 'on the verge of regenerating the cells that would let us dream deep enough to remember.'" * Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) *
"The end of the world is no joke! This text is clearly ambitious. More compendium than chronicle, the writing is poetic, dense, and often solemn with glimmers of dark wit." -- Gabrielle Civil * Full Stop *
"Offers a set of necessary and stimulating interventions . . . A generous work that challenges dominant views that assume that ancestral speculative work has no place in feminist theory." -- Chandra Frank * Feminist Formations *

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