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Root Work Journal - Summoning Flight - Volume 2, Issue 1

Book of Instructions

Ariana Francesca




Book of Instructions seeks to evoke the ancestral spirit calling us to freedom and guiding us to use the tools we've been given to construct our wings. Considering the prompt: what does it mean to fly from the proverbial and/or the literal plantation?


Ariana Francesca is an interdisciplinary poet and performer. Her work explores the positions, reflections, and interconnectedness of Black motherhood, womanhood, spirit, and epic memory. She was recently named Honorable Mention for Southern Humanities Review’s Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. Her performance poetry has been featured at The Kennedy Center, The Verizon Center, on America's Next Top Model, and on other international stages. Her work is published in Netflix's Strong Black Lead, Burrow Press and elsewhere. She is also a Queens University of Charlotte MFA, Poetry candidate and Watering Hole Poetry Fellow, living in Atlanta, Georgia. She hopes that being in communion with the visionaries of Root Work Journal encourages opportunities to joins hands, build wings, and manifest ancestral dreams. To find out more about her work, visit


Citation: Francesca, A. (2022). Book of Instructions. Root Work Journal, 2(1).

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