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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 more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7.62mm | 195.04g
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • 0803290632
  • 9780803290631
  • 321,352

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"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 -- Ada Limon "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 -- Major Jackson "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 -- Cathy Park Hong "This award-winning collection comes to eat you."-Waxwing Literary Journal * Waxwing Literary Journal * "Reading (and rereading) Sinclair is an urgently necessary, absolutely unparalleled experience."-Diego Baez, Booklist starred review -- Diego Baez * Booklist * "Stunning debut collection"-Publishers Weekly starred review * Publishers Weekly *show 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 more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments I. Home Pocomania In Childhood, Certain Skies Refined My Seeing Fisherman's Daughter Hands Portrait of Eve as the Anaconda Mermaid Catacombs Dreaming in Foreign Family Portrait I Shall Account Myself a Happy Creaturess Autobiography Osteology After the Last Astronauts Had Left Us, I II. Notes on the State of Virginia, I America the Beautiful Another White Christmas in Virginia One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro, with Complete Proof, I One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro, with Complete Proof, II One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro, with Complete Proof, III Notes on the State of Virginia, II White Apocrypha Notes on the State of Virginia, III Notes on the State of Virginia, IV Elocution Lessons with Ms. Silverstone Notes on the State of Virginia, V Litany for Charlottesville Notes on the State of Virginia, VI III. Prayer Book for Vanishing Confessor Omen Good Hair Woman, Wound Woman, 26, Remains Optimistic as Body Turns to Stone How to Be an Interesting Woman: A Polite Guide for the Poetess Birthmark, or Purifying at the Sink Little Red Plum Center of the World IV. After the Last Astronauts Had Left Us, II (Laika) Spectre Chimera How to Excise a Tumor Incorrigible August Ghost A Separation In the Event of the Last Unhappiness, Return to the Sea August in the Country of Another Kingdom-come The Art of Unselfing Doubt V. Crania Americana Notesshow more

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