Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Bell, Still Unrung by Safiya Sinclair

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December 15, 2016

A Bell, Still Unrung

Safiya Sinclair

About This Poem


"Since the invention of the first word, the female body has been a constant site of fear and violence, in religion and myth, in our common language. So many words and phrases in our daily vernacular are pervasive weapons struck against womanhood, aimed to demean and diminish. By going back to the source of this language and examining its violence, both linguistic and literal, both historic and modern, and by inhabiting some of the ways the female body has been seen as monstrous and dangerous over time, I had hoped to subvert these sinister ideas. Instead, I found myself wandering alone in a more treacherous poem—coming to the stark realization that this body is the most overlooked body in the world—that being born a black woman is the original site of exile."
—Safiya Sinclair


Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). She is a doctoral fellow in the Literature and Creative Writing PhD program at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.


Photo credit: Willy Somma


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(University of Nebraska Press, 2016) 

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