On the Line: Conversations About Poetry
by Safiya Sinclair
In Episode 5, Kate Sutherland discusses Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair with Canisia Lubrin, Kilby Smith-McGregor, and Phoebe Wang.
In the course of the conversation, references are made to a few sources outside the book, including an interview with Safiya Sinclair in the Kenyon Review, and an essay by Sinclair on language, exile, and Caliban from Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Poetry Foundation.
Poetry from Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair used by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright 2016 by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.
by Safiya Sinclair
University of Nebraska Press, 2016
Description from University of Nebraska Press
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.
Episode 5 Guests
Canisia Lubrin was born in St. Lucia. She teaches writing in Toronto at Humber College, and completed her MFA at Guelph-Humber. Her debut collection of poetry, Voodoo Hypothesis, is forthcoming in the Fall of 2017 from Wolsak & Wynn.
Kilby Smith-McGregor has contributed writing across genres to Brick, Conjunctions, and
The Kenyon Review, and been anthologized in Best Canadian Essays, and Best Canadian Poetry. Her debut poetry collection, Kids in Triage, was published in 2016 by Wolsak & Wynn.
Phoebe Wang writes and teaches in Toronto, and is the author of two chapbooks,
Occasional Emergencies (Odourless Press, 2013) and Hanging Exhibits (The Emergency Response Unit, 2016). Her debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements, is out this Spring from McClelland & Stewart.
Kate Sutherland, On the Line, Host and Producer
Kate Sutherland is the author of two books of short fiction, and one collection of poems: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book), All In Together Girls, and How to Draw a Rhinoceros. Her work has also appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry 2016. She lives in Toronto.
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