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Voodoo Hypothesis

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Voodoo Hypothesis is a subversion of the imperial construct of "blackness" and a rejection of the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people as inferior, through constant parallel representations of "evil" and "savagery." Pulling from pop culture, science, pseudo-science and contemporary news stories about race, Lubrin asks: What happens if the systems of ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
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Khashayar Mohammadi
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, canadian
Great book of Poetry. Too maximalist for my personal liking, but masterful nonetheless.
Amanda
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
i'm going to write more on this book soon, but for now...

I have dog-eared every page and starred so many startling and resonant images and lines with my pencil that I have created a galaxy of constellations. No, Canisia has.

The poems move from the allegorical to real history via lamentations and elegies. They are poems of forced exile and migration, of survival and celebration. They are defiant, fuck-you poems, angry poems and joyous poems. They are poems that so effectively caused me to feel em
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Hannah Brown
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Canisia Lubrin's Voodoo Hypothesis is a stunning, beautiful book of poetry, calling up memory of this-moment sensation, of the reach of politics and of the bite and sweetness of Creole. It moves across the Atlantic, across outer space, across philosophical divide, across your arms. Lubrin's Voodoo Hypothesis delivers the kind of layered, rich experience that makes this the kind of book you keep near, in your purse or pocket for weeks, fresh perspectives each time you crack it open.
Adrian
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
unique and moving, made me re-read many passages both to understand and to enjoy. there are helpful contextual notes at the back which, unfortunately, since not clearly referenced in the poems themselves (...understandable), i only noticed later.
Maggie Gordon
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadiana, poetry
Voodoo Hypothesis contains some of the most beautiful, cutting language I have ever read. This volume reads like acid one breath and silk in another. It's a stunning exploration of blackness and migration and so many things. Absolutely some of the best poetry I have ever read.
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to be honest, a little over my head
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