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Sinclair, Safiya, author.
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Poems. Selections
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2016]
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x, 111 pages ; 23 cm.
"Colliding with and confrontingThe 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"--

"Framed by "The Tempest" and calling on historical, cultural, and biological sources, "Cannibal" is a provocative poetic exploration of the female body, identity, and race"--
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 austronauts 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 ; Litany for Charlottesville ; Notes on the state of Virginia, V -- 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 ; Notes.
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PS3619.I56847 A6 2016 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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