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Voodoo Hypothesis

A poetry collection from Whitby, Ont. writer Canisia Lubrin.

Canisia Lubrin

Voodoo Hypothesis is a subversion of the imperial construct of "blackness" and a rejection of the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people as inferior, through constant parallel representations of "evil" and "savagery."

Pulling from pop culture, science, pseudo-science and contemporary news stories about race, Lubrin asks: What happens if the systems of belief that give science, religion and culture their importance were actually applied to the contemporary "black experience"? With its irreverence toward colonialism, and the related obsession with post-colonialism and anti-colonialism, and her wide-ranging lines, deftly touched with an intermingling of Caribbean Creole, English patois and baroque language, Lubrin has created a book that holds up a torch to the narratives of the ruling class, and shows us the restorative possibilities that exist in language itself. (From Wolsak & Wynn)

INTERVIEWS

Canisia Lubrin’s home in Whitby, Ontario is a long way from the small wooden house near the beach in St. Lucia where her grandmother would spin nightly stories. But every time Canisia tells a story herself, she goes back there. 13:13