Adoption Papers, The

Jackie Kay
Jackie Kay tells the story - her own - of a black girl’s adoption by a white Scottish couple. Three three different viewpoints interlace in her poetry: the mother, the birth mother and the daughter. Kay writes about her divided identities, her sexuality, her Scottishness, and her working-class experience. In a Britain when it was a radical act to state in a poem, "I am a Black woman", a lesbian asked, "Mammy why aren't you and me the same colour".

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