Mouth full of Blood is Toni Morrison’s recently published collection of essays, speeches, and meditation. The Nobel Laureate expresses arguments about politics, art, and writing. An amalgamation of exhortations, analyses, and exegeses, the book is organized into three parts titled ‘The Foreigners Home’, ‘Black Matter(s)’ and ‘God is language’.
Each section is introduced by an address to the dead, like a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. For the admirers of Morrison’s fiction, there are detailed explications of her own writing. Like how she would rewrite the last sentence of her 1987 novel ‘Beloved‘.
As she famously quoted, she refuses to be in the prison of ‘I’ and choose to be in the open space of ‘we‘. She creates her world through her words and Mouth full of blood is a brave world she has created.