July/Aug 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2016 |

One Hundred Amazing Facts about the Negro, with Complete Proof, III

Two centuries ago the Negroes of South Africa and the Northern Europeans both practiced a form of cannibalism that was strikingly similar. Woke ravenous. Woke with a mollusk mind and swallowed all, you who skulked through            the hull of me and glowering. Glorious dead, I am inhabiting— Sat fat in your feral sun   mouth-wide and purred with wonder, Hunger,           small hands devouring. Such darling flesh invents the supple maw of me   Moon-wholesome and meager, what wet-nurse.   Nights bivalve abandoned and unhousing you. Meanwhile, in carnage. Meanwhile in silence. How all this year the mule season Unbosoms me, my every throat           a goring,           that barbarous root starved carnal, a plucked star. Sweet injury. Drink plum-dark at the neck   unhistoried, avow its nakedness, your animal slaughter.

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Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers’ Award, and the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her other honours include the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Amy Clampitt Residency Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Nation, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. Sinclair received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Virginia and is currently a currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

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