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Dub: Finding Ceremony


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Table of Contents

A Note ix
Request 1
Commitment 3
Instructions 5
Opening 7
Whale Chorus 15
Remembering 21
Nunanuk 34
Boda 40
Anguilla 47
Another Set of Instructions 66
Red August 74
Relation 92
Prophet 94
And 110
Skin 114
Losing it All 120
It's Your Father 126
Edict 145
Edgegrove 153
Unlearning Herself 163
Birth Chorus 177
Conditions 194
Jamaica 199
Blood Chorus 202
Shop 214
Orchard 220
Cycle 227
Saving the Planet 231
Staying 239
Letting Go 246
Acknowledgments 253
Notes 261
Crate Dig 273

About the Author

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the author of Spill and M Archive, both also published by Duke University Press.


"Grounded in oriki-like references to Sylvia Wynter's oeuvre, Dub simultaneously contracts and expands to create a new form of proprioception, which allows us as a species, phantomed by the corrosive and lacerating actions of history, to locate ourselves in relation to other species, as well as within the time-space continuum of the yet to be, the now and the 'past.' Part prayer, oration, exhortation, commentary and story, Dub amplifies ancestral voices to become mythopoesis in the making." -- M. NourbeSe Philip, author of * Zong! *
"Offering a sweeping, thoughtful, and exquisite meditation on Sylvia Wynter's work, Alexis Pauline Gumbs's poetic engagement represents a new and unique way of encountering and paying homage to Black feminist theory and Black feminist theorists. A beautiful and graceful text, Dub will inspire readers to return to and to rethink Wynter's work and her place within African Diaspora studies, Caribbean studies, and Black feminist studies." -- Lisa B. Thompson, author of * Single Black Female *
"Breath is an important theme in Dub. As is gratitude in the face of environmental decline. Because our ancestors navigated so intimately through change, Gumbs sets out to prove, so can we. . . . [An] exquisitely rendered love letter. . . ." -- Ashia Ajani * Sierra *
"People throw around terms like Genius and Magic frequently but if you open this book, flip to any passage, and don't feel moved from your soul then I will assume that you don't have one. 5 Stars aren't enough for this sacred text but it's all we got so . . . ."
-- Adrien Julious * Authentically Adrien blog *

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