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Safiya Sinclair, Lauren Hunter

When: Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. 2016

Safiya Sinclair's elaborate lyrics are densely striated with histories, whether personal, political, geographical, or poetic. Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Sinclair earned an MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia and is now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California. Her debut collection from this year, Cannibal, earned more than one major prize. "Good Hair" weighs the anxieties of black hair against the white homogeneity embodied in an epigraph from Yeats: "Only God, my dear/ Could love you for yourself alone/ And not your yellow hair." In similar fashion, "One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro, with Complete Proof, II," uses a James Baldwin quote—"They could deal with the Negro as a symbol or a victim but had no sense of him as a man"—as a diving bell to plumb the depths of damaging stereotypes. In Duke's Little Corner Reading Series at The Shed, Sinclair is joined by Durham's Lauren Hunter, whose funny, personal, poignant poems will soon appear in Human Achievements, her debut book, from Birds, LLC. —Brian Howe

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