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November-December 2017

REVIEW: Canisia Lubrin’s first poetry collection tackles pop culture, science, and news on race

Inside Voodoo Hypothesis

Jessica Rose

9781928088424Voodoo Hypothesis  
By Canisia Lubrin
Buckrider Books, $18

Voodoo Hypothesis, the first collection of poetry by Canisia Lubrin, is a stunning debut that acts as a “rejection of the contemporary and historical systems that paint Black people as inferior.” Each of Lubrin’s finely crafted poems is timely, as she infuses them with pop culture, science, pseudo-science, and contemporary news stories about race. Lubrin’s crisp, pointed poems and keen sense of observation are breathtaking, quickly making it obvious why this collection is garnering attention across the country.

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