Cannibal

Cannibal

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Colliding with and confronting The Tempest and postcolonial identity, the poems in Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal explore Jamaican childhood and history, race relations in America, womanhood, otherness, and exile. She evokes a home no longer accessible and a body at times uninhabitable, often mirrored by a hybrid Eve/Caliban figure. Blooming with intense lyricism and fertile imagery, these full-blooded poems are elegant, mythic, and intricately woven. Here the female body is a dark landscape; the female body is cannibal. Sinclair shocks and delights her readers with her willingness to disorient and provoke, creating a multitextured collage of beautiful and explosive poems.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 7.62mm | 195g
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0803290632
  • 9780803290631
  • 351,951

Review quote

"Safiya Sinclair writes strange, mythological, gorgeously elaborate lyric poems, with a diction that is both arcane and contemporary... Her language is distinctive, assured, and a marvel to read." -Cathy Park Hong, from her introduction to Safiya Sinclair in the Boston Review "Cannibal is nothing less than an entrancing debut that reveals the teeming intellect and ravishing lucidity of a young poet in full possession of her literary powers. Here is a poetry that richly interrogates power and history while also eloquently and furtively asserting the possibilities of nature, desire, and the body as ceremonial and spiritual sources of resistance and affirmation." -Major Jackson, author of Roll Deep "With exquisite lyrical precision, Safiya Sinclair is offering us a new muscular music that is as brutal as it is beautiful. Intelligent and elemental, these poems mark the debut of a poet who is dangerously talented and desperately needed" -Ada Limon, author of Bright Dead Things "This is a tight, focused collection, and through her visceral language Sinclair paints the institution of white supremacy as not just an individualized phenomenon, but as a ruthless and menacing force." -Publishers Weekly 'The images that Sinclair create generate images of my own experience of being a black girl and woman in diaspora. It feels more deeply than finding myself represented in a book, it feels like an intellectual, creative endeavor within which I can find a home.' -Nina N. Yeboahshow more

About Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, the Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, the Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Sinclair received her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia and is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California.show more