Item description for Zong! (Wesleyan Poetry) by M. Nourbese Philip & Setaey Adamu Boateng...
In November, 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong ordered that some 150 Africans be murdered by drowning so that the ship's owners could collect insurance monies. Relying entirely on the words of the legal decision Gregson vs Gilbert--the only extant public document related to the massacre of these African slaves--Zong! tells the story that cannot be told yet must be told. Equal parts song, moan, shout, oath, ululation, curse, and chant, Zong! excavates the legal text. Memory, history, and law collide and metamorphose into the poetics of the fragment. Through the innovative use of fugal and counterpointed repetition, Zong! becomes an anti-narrative lament that stretches the boundaries of the poetic form, haunting the spaces of forgetting and mourning the forgotten.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2008
ISBN 0819568767 ISBN13 9780819568762
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More About M. Nourbese Philip & Setaey Adamu Boateng
M. NourbeSe Philip is the author of the play "Coups and Calypsos", two novels, "Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence", and "Harriet's Daughter" (Heinemann; The Women's Press); three non-fiction works, "Frontiers", "Showing Grit", and "A Genealogy of Resistance"; and three books of poetry, including "She Tries Her Tongue" and "Her Silence Softly Breaks", winner of the Casa de las Americas Prize. She is a Fellow in Poetry of the Guggenheim Foundation, and recipient of the Toronto Arts Award for Literature.
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brilliant & necessary Mar 13, 2010
"But this is a story that can only be told by not telling...." With this enormously important book M. NourbSe Philip charts a fearless, moving, and gorgeous trajectory across the unspeakable. The book length poem honors a true event (the 18th century murder of over 150 slaves, thrown overboard for the insurance) while resisting and refreshing the language of the original report of the event (a legal document). Engaging a tragedy, in which the meaningful fact of humanity was not recognized, the poet refuses to supply sense, asking her reader to work with her to understand the structure of understanding itself. Fragments and associative leaps make the reading of this text a powerful experience of otherness, while her extraordinary music resonates in the heart, so that the poem finally comes from both within and without. One of the absolutely essential books.
Lost in Translation Feb 18, 2010
Although I understand the intellectual mission of rendering poetry from the law transcripts, it is hard to glean any emotion or meaning from the poems through the legal jargin, fractured lines, and abstract moans.
Major Work of 21st Century Poetry and Consciousness Aug 7, 2009
Anyone who actually spends the time to read this work will know how genius Philip's work and invention towards speaking about "what cannot be give voice to". Unless you have a completely singular and static identity/POV you will be moved by this book.
THIS BOOK SUCKS Sep 23, 2008
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. DO NOT BOTHER READING IT. it is a pretensious attempt to "make poetry." If the author were truly so intent on educating the public about the atrocities of the Zong! drownings, then she would have done a better job actually making an effort to write a cognizable, intelligent, linear piece of writing. This is a just a jumble of words and I can't for the life of me understand how it took seven years to write. M. Nourbese Philips is the paragon of writers who give poetry a bad reputation.