In Yoruba language, Ifẹ means “Love”. I chose Ife as the name of this book, because in so many ways, this story is about love—the love that I shared with a woman named Ife, and the love I’ve grown to nurture within myself through the healing I gleaned from that relationship.
In the summer of 2021, when I was still living in Berlin, I published my very first memoir. The day I held the very first copy in my hands of the very first print book I had ever written—is the same day that I whisked myself away to the German countryside for a celebratory retreat in nature, in community with other women of color. This was the day I met Ife.
By the end of that weekend, I wrote a poem about a very special, intimate moment we shared together, titled Ifẹ, that I decided to publish in the latter part of my book. I nestled that poem in the book’s epilogue, between the past and future. This memoir, Ife, tells the full story behind that poem.
You may read excerpts and request a copy, below.
Format: Ebook (ePub and PDF)
Length: 90 pages in PDF print format. Book length will vary depending on device.
This book is currently available to a select readership of Sapphic (Lesbian and Bisexual) women of color.
If you would like to read the full story, you may place a request to purchase a copy here.
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