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She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks

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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 p ...more
Paperback, 99 pages
Published December 28th 1989 by Gynergy Books/Ragweed Pr (first published December 1989)
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Erica
Mar 07, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing
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REQUIRED READING FOR A DECOLONIZED WORLD. This should be the first book in any decolonized reading list of poetry. The essay at the end on language, power, and colonization is the most brilliant thing I've read in years on the subject. I wanted to cheer and weep while reading it. The struggle to make a language for ones imaginative capacity as a woman, a woman decontextualized and colonized, in a "politely but vehemently racist" society -- though I am not an African Caribbean and so that particu ...more
Ali
Jul 30, 2011 Ali rated it it was amazing
Best title ever. lovely.
Colin
Oct 06, 2012 Colin rated it it was amazing
"The Linguistic rape and subsequent forced marriage between African and English tongues has resulted in a language capable of great rhythms and musicality; one that is and is not English"

And one that is, in our age of standardized tests, increasingly disregarded as just such a forced marriage. This book's been around and still has much to say that we frequently fail to hear.
Aileen
Aug 15, 2012 Aileen rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful collection retelling the Persephone myth from a Caribbean perspective. The use of language and imagery truly showcase Marlene's talents as a Creole poet.
Stephanie McClure
Mar 28, 2009 Stephanie McClure rated it it was amazing
Favorites are "Discourse on the Logic of Language", "Universal Grammar", and "She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks".

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Jul 29, 2016 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
really need to take a poetry class or something
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"each word creates a centre
circumscribed by memory... and history"
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"(5) Do words collect historical responses?"
P. 74
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M. NOURBESE PHILIP is a poet and writer and lawyer who lives in the City of Toronto. She was born in Tobago and now lives in Canada. In l965, when graduating from Bishop Anstey High School, M. NOURBESE PHILIP was awarded the Cipriani Memorial Scholarship for standing first in a Caribbean wide examination at the high school level. This award entitled her to carry out her undergraduate studies at th ...more
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