DS (2): Dreamstories

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The startling new work by internationally celebrated Caribbean poet, historian and cultural theorist Kamau Brathwaite, winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize.
In DS (2)—Dreamstories 2—Kamau Brathwaite continues his ongoing collection of prose poems, comprised of the broken images, flow, and half-told stories of dreams. The poetic stories in DS (2) use Brathwaite's trademark sycorax video style, offering personal revelations mixed with political and historical fables occurring ...

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Overview

The startling new work by internationally celebrated Caribbean poet, historian and cultural theorist Kamau Brathwaite, winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize.
In DS (2)—Dreamstories 2—Kamau Brathwaite continues his ongoing collection of prose poems, comprised of the broken images, flow, and half-told stories of dreams. The poetic stories in DS (2) use Brathwaite's trademark sycorax video style, offering personal revelations mixed with political and historical fables occurring around the globe. Brathwaite's prose poems relate with ardency and pathos the Caribbean experience and are a potent voice of the African diaspora. Nathaniel Mackey wrote: "Kamau Brathwaite's 'calibanic play' reveals a fiendish delight in the slippage to which words are prone." And American Book Review wrote: "In its rhythms as well as its explorations of 'nation language' and of the traces of an African past, this is a populist work." This exciting new offering by Kamau Brathwaite follows on the heels of the publication of Brathwaite's Born to Slow Horses, which won the coveted 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Brathwaite has invented a new linguistic music for subject matter that is all his own. —Citation for the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize”
Adrienne Rich
“His dazzling, inventive language, his tragic yet unquenchable vision, make Brathwaite one of the most compelling of late-twentieth-century poets.”
Amira Baraka
“Kamau Brathwaite is one of the most important poets in the Western Hemisphere. A musicianly sensibility of sharp political reference.”
Courtney MacNeil - Chicago Review
“The poems are kaleidoscopic contortions that adopt the logic of dreams.”
Village Voice Literary Supplement
“The printed word doesn't rise much closer to singing than in the work of Barbadian troubadour Kamau Brathwaite.”
Library Journal

Thirteen years after Dreamstories, in which Brathwaite comes to terms with three crises in his life, this companion volume, labeled "prose poetry," seems part memoir, part dream, part fantasy, and part nightmare, with a crisis harder to detect. Figures from the poet's past appear in various guises, including a brother and possibly a woman who took care of him. The Caribbean experience is viewed in a diorama-the young man struggling for education, returning home almost unable to communicate, and the writer trying to merge past and present. The prolific Brathwaite has always been an extremely difficult but extremely rewarding poet, writing in a pseudodialect filled with intellectual puns. This latest volume is also a typographer's nightmare, however, and might prove too complicated for all but his most devoted readers. A lot of fanciful fonts are used, and the font faces keep changing (presumably to approximate printing in a half wakened state). The pages in these galleys are overinked and blurry, a problem that one hopes will be corrected in the finished book. Recommended for all collections of Caribbean and African American literature but only comprehensive poetry collections.
—Rochelle Ratner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811216937
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/26/2007
  • Series: New Directions Paperbook
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kamau Brathwaite was born in Barbados in 1930. Co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement, Brathwaite has received numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the Casa de las Americas Prize. He is currently a professor of comparative literature at New York University, and shares his time between CowPastor, Barbados, and New York City.

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