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Finding Ceremony

Alexis Pauline Gumbs
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The concluding volume in a poetic trilogy, Alexis Pauline Gumbs's Dub: Finding Ceremony takes inspiration from theorist Sylvia Wynter, dub poetry, and ocean life to offer a catalog of possible methods for remembering, healing, listening, and living otherwise. In these prose poems, Gumbs channels the voices of her ancestors, including whales, coral, and oceanic bacteria, to tell stories of diaspora, indigeneity, migration, blackness, genius, mothering, grief, and harm. Tracing the origins of colonialism, genocide, and slavery as they converge in Black feminist practice, Gumbs explores the potential for the poetic and narrative undoing of the knowledge that underpins the concept of Western humanity. Throughout, she reminds us that dominant modes of being human and the oppression those modes create can be challenged, and that it is possible to make ourselves and our planet anew.


Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the author of Spill and M Archive, both also published by Duke University Press.


  • Publisher:‎ Duke University Press Books (February 14, 2020)
  • Language:‎ English
  • Paperback:‎ 296 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1478006455
  • ISBN-13:‎ 9781478006459
  • Item Weight: ‎12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions:‎ 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
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