Cannibal - Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry

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Publisher's Synopsis

A beautiful debut collection from Jamaican poet Safiya Sinclair that draws on our colonial history and speaks powerfully to our present moment.

Shortlisted for Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2021

A Guardian most anticipated book for 2020

'Safiya Sinclair bursts onto the shelves with this richly powerful debut collection' - Scotsman

Colliding with and confronting Shakespeare's The Tempest and postcolonial identity, the poems in Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal beautifully evoke the poet's Jamaican childhood and reach beyond to explore 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. Cannibal marks the arrival of a thrilling and essential lyrical voice.

'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.' - Major Jackson

About the Publisher

Picador

Picador

Picador publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has established a reputation for literary fiction with a broad commercial appeal, groundbreaking non-fiction, (particularly, reportage, literary biography and memoir) and a formidable poetry list, which has consistently won many of the major prizes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529030235
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
DEWEY: 811.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 112 .
Weight: 202g
Height: 197mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 14mm