She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks by M. Nourbese PhilipShe Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks by M. Nourbese Philip

She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks

byM. Nourbese PhilipOtherEvie Shockley

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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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 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.
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 Universit...
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Title:She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly BreaksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:110 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0819575674

ISBN - 13:9780819575678

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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

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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 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.“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