This month, we enter the TCR archives with Black History on our minds, highlighting the work of three important contributors to the Black literary tradition, M. NourbeSe Philip, Wayde Compton, and Hope Anderson. In the Fall 2005 Issue, TCR published sections from M. NourbeSe Philip’s then in-progress, ground-breaking text “Zong!” that brings into public view the massacre of Africans aboard the slave ship, Zong. Her 182-page poetry cycle, drawn from court documentation of the ship-owner vs. the ship-insurer, ruptures “the coded, documented silence of the historical text.” Hope Anderson was one of the North Vandals and co-editor of the anthology The Body published in 1979 by Tatlow House, an enterprise established by Anderson and David Phillips in North Vancouver. After moving to Victoria, he organized the Sun Fest in 1984, attended most notably by Amiri Baraka.
M. NourbeSe Philip / from Zong!
From Issue 2.47 (Fall 2005)
Wayde Compton / “Church of Invocation“
From Issue 3.29 (Summer 2016): Eye to Eye
One poem for every document identifying me by race during the course of my life Seeing ships in the Strait of Georgia wears a groove in your cerebral cortex A camera dollying through a video for a black metal cover of a Smokey Robinson composition When the tsunami comes, downtown Vancouver will become an island, a secession, a micronation, a spacecraft
Hope Anderson / Th Street Lamp and SONG #XI
From Issue 1.5 (Spring 1974) and Issue 1.8/1.9 (Fall 1975)
I could be Catherine of silver and i eat leaves i wear overalls most of all i sing even when i am not asked