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"You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." -Nina Simone
Black women learn the world from the women who came before them. How to speak, how to move, and how to love. They watch the silence of their mothers, the obedience of their grandmothers, and inherit exactly how to relentlessly give as an act of care. This is what they are revered for: a back-breaking, selfless sense of love. What a fantastic trap. A captivity made entirely of their decency, humility, and willingness to serve. A generational curse claiming that their satisfaction must be earned only through the satisfaction of others.
Salt to Taste aims to liberate women from their own good intentions. It is a call to all Black women and femmes that were taught love as self-sacrifice and teaches them the unlearning as a means of survival. It is a permission granted to reclaim all that they have lost in the pursuit of somebody else's comfort. Lindsay Young submerses herself into the dark experiences of the women who came before her, and finds her own light. Strong, rebellious, and independent as ever, this collection is the burning of an altar in the hopes that no woman will ever lay herself there in exchange for love again.