She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks

She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks

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Overview

Brilliant, lyrical, and passionate, this collection from the acclaimed poet M. NourbeSe Philip is an extended jazz riff running along the themes of language, racism, colonialism, and exile. In this groundbreaking collection, Philip defiantly challenges and resoundingly overthrows the silencing of black women through appropriation of language, offering no less than superb poetry resonant with beauty and strength. She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks was originally published in 1989 and won the Casa de Las Americas Prize. This new Wesleyan edition includes a foreword by Evie Shockley. An online reader's companion will be available at http://nourbesephilip.site.wesleyan.edu.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819575678
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 110
Sales rank: 580,666
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright who was born in Tobago, in the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago, and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of four books of poetry, including Zong!, a novel, and three collections of essays. EVIE SHOCKLEY is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University, and author of the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry

Table of Contents

POEMS
And Over Every Land and Sea
Cyclamen Girl
African Majesty: From Grassland and Forest (The Barbara and Murray Forum Collection
Meditations on the Declensions of Beauty by the Girl with the Flying Cheek-bones
Discourse on the Logic of Language
Universal Grammar
The Question of Language is the Answer to Power
Testimony Stoops to Mother Tongue
She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks
AFTERWORD
The Absence of Writing or How I almost Became a Spy

What People are Saying About This

Samantha Pinto

“She Tries Her Tongue richly touches upon the difficult intertwining of race, gender, sexuality, history, and language. No other work brings these concerns so centrally to readers.”

Fred Moten

“Over the edge of writing that lays claim to the adjectives conceptual and experimental, M. NourbeSe Philip lights the way back into the very ground, the very terror of the concept and the experiment. Tried and errant, reordering with every expense of air every expanse of earth and sea, breaking silence in silence’s elemental break, like Hölderlin, Philip’s tragic transport—as a curate of the impure word, the degeneration and regeneration of grammar, their rupture and their fullness—bears the black history of romance. No sojourn in contemporary poetry is more necessary or more beautiful than hers.”

Emily Greenwood

“Since the original publication of She Tries Her Tongue, the critical community has been catching up with NourbeSe Philip’s seismic poetic voice and her radical philological project—continued in Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence and Zong! This collection should be required reading for all students of Caribbean art and literature.”

From the Publisher

"Over the edge of writing that lays claim to the adjectives conceptual and experimental, M. NourbeSe Philip lights the way back into the very ground, the very terror of the concept and the experiment. Tried and errant, reordering with every expense of air every expanse of earth and sea, breaking silence in silence's elemental break, like Hölderlin, Philip's tragic transport—as a curate of the impure word, the degeneration and regeneration of grammar, their rupture and their fullness—bears the black history of romance. No sojourn in contemporary poetry is more necessary or more beautiful than hers."—Fred Moten, author of The Feel Trio

"Since the original publication of She Tries Her Tongue, the critical community has been catching up with NourbeSe Philip's seismic poetic voice and her radical philological project—continued in Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence and Zong! This collection should be required reading for all students of Caribbean art and literature."—Emily Greenwood, author of Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century

"She Tries Her Tongue richly touches upon the difficult intertwining of race, gender, sexuality, history, and language. No other work brings these concerns so centrally to readers."—Samantha Pinto, author of Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic

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