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.
Praise for this book
A "stunning debut collection."
"Filled with beautifully rich imagery ... Lyrical and provocative, Sinclair's poems teach the reader in rich language what it means to be 'other.'"