Fiercely lyric in tone, Curb simultaneously limns a documentary poetics of loss — of land, language, family, connections, dignity and life even. Making the reader her accomplice and co-creator, Victor enters language and languaging itself, including utterance, sound and translation, to wrest from the experience of displacement, racism and wrongful death a lambent work suffused with a poetics of relation and love, which resists systems designed to humiliate and degrade — a work of emboldened, embodied poetics that does the necessary labor that presages something new.

Read Curb for:
  • its fierce lyricism
  • its documentary poetics of loss
  • its tender urgency and its urgent tenderness
  • how it ferries language across crevasses created by the tongue
  • how it bears witness to witnessing
  • how (un)mothered tongues live under curb
  • how love petitions the heart even as it breaks under the wait in time
  • how story ‘stories’ and stores memory
  • how it takes sides
  • how it shines a light in dark times 

Read Curb!

— M. NourbeSe Philip