M. NOURBESE PHILIP is a poet, writer, and lawyer whose previous collections of poetry include She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1989). Born in Tobago, she now resides in Toronto, Ontario. SETAEY ADAMU BOATENG is the voice of the ancestors revealing the submerged stories of all who were on board the Zong.
"At times I'm uncomfortable with both poetry and history, but then a book like Zong! comes along and reminds me how the lyric can shake up history's limited logics and history can shake up poetry's occasional evasive sheen."--Jill Magi, Poetry Project Newsletter
"[A]s Philip emphasizes, the story of the Zong is ultimately a story that can only be told by not telling. So even in the sea of words that fill up the final pages of Zong!, the registers of silence that mark the text are resounding."--Kate Eichorn, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics "Nourbese-Philip cannot not 'create' a story, even against her own intentions to 'merely' document ... she treats each page as a field, a canvas--more accurately, the sea."--Tyrone Williams, African American Review "Some poems roll off the tongue like a song and others like a cry for help." --Victoria Iglesias, Medium "M. NourbeSe Philip writes a poetry whose innovation--her spells of silence, her stuttering syntax--is not an abstract experiment but a form of mourning for African words prohibited by 'the ceremony of White ... in the elsewhere of time.'"--Zinzi Clemmons, Literary Hub