Blank: Interviews & Essays by M. NourbeSe Philip


Blank: Interviews & Essays by M. NourbeSe Philip


FORTHCOMING May 31, 2017

Blank is a collection of previously out-of-print essays and new works by one of Canada’s most important contemporary writers and thinkers.

Through an engagement with her earlier work, M. NourbeSe Philip comes to realize the existence of a repetition in the world: the return of something that, while still present, has become unembedded from the world, disappeared. Her imperative becomes to make us see what has gone unseen, by writing memory upon the margin of history, in the shadow of empire and at the frontier of silence.

In heretical writings that work to make the disappeared perceptible, Blank explores questions of race, the body politic,timeliness, recurrence, ongoingness, art, and the so-called multicultural nation. Through these considerations, Philip creates a linguistic form that registers the presence of what has seemingly dissolved, a form that also imprints the loss and the silence surrounding those disappearances in its very presence.

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Praise for M. NourbeSe Philip:

“Philip’s questions are difficult, and of an intensity of insistence rarely achieved.”
—Erin Mouré

“Those still confused about why poetry might fracture and splinter and stutter can find an answer in the work of M. NourbeSe Philip.”
—Juliana Spahr

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and former lawyer who lives in Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller (Bellagio) Foundations, and the MacDowell Colony. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Casa de las Americas prize (Cuba). Among her best-known works are: She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks, Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, and Zong!, a genre-breaking poem that engages with ideas of the law, history, and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade.

Essais Series No. 3
May 31, 2017 | Nonfiction
8×5.25 inches | 220 pages
ISBN 9781771663069


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