New and Selected Poems

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Increasingly recognized as a poet of both the Caribbean and of the United States, especially for his "Midland," which won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Selected Poems contains a generous selection from all six volumes of Dawes's poetry, showing the breadth and depth of his achievement. From writing the poems of displacement and loss of "Resisting the Anomie," the vibrant, unstoppable narratives of "Prophets" or "Jacko Jacobus," the concentrated poems of "Requiem" ("shrines of remembrance" for the millions of ...
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Overview

Increasingly recognized as a poet of both the Caribbean and of the United States, especially for his "Midland," which won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Selected Poems contains a generous selection from all six volumes of Dawes's poetry, showing the breadth and depth of his achievement. From writing the poems of displacement and loss of "Resisting the Anomie," the vibrant, unstoppable narratives of "Prophets" or "Jacko Jacobus," the concentrated poems of "Requiem" ("shrines of remembrance" for the millions of victims of transatlantic slavery), to the autobiographical poems of "Progeny of Air" and the questioning psalms and reggae poetry of "Shook Foil," Kwame Dawes's poetry has a unique, signal voice.

Author Biography: Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962, grew up in Jamaica, studied in Canada (where he fronted a reggae band) and now is professor in the Department of English at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. In addition to his poetry, he is the author of Natural Mysticism: Towards a Reggae Aesthetic and Talk yuh Talk.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900715706
  • Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Kwame Dawes
Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes is an award-winning Ghanian-born Jamaican author of several books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. He teaches at the University of South Carolina, where he is Distinguished Poet in Residence and director of the USC Arts Institute and the SC Poetry Initiative. Dawes is the programmer for the annual Jamaican Calabash International Literary Festival.

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Table of Contents

What Did You Say? 13
After 'Acceptance' 14
Chief 18
The Day You Played the Piano 20
Prophecy 21
On Leaving Home 22
History Lesson at Eight a.m 23
Thelma's Precious Cargo 25
On Being Uncka's Brother 29
Excursion to Port Royal 30
Newcomer 32
Off the Mark 33
Alado Seanadra 34
Perch in Flight 36
The English Room 40
Yap 42
Sex Sells Annette 44
Progeny of Air 48
Akwaba 52
Mrs. Langston and the Live Oak Tree 53
Grace 55
Prologue 59
Introit 62
Who Will Mourn for Her (Nahum 3:7) 66
Denial 71
Confessional 74
Legion 77
The Saints Return Triumphant 81
Thalbot and the Vine 85
Speaking for the First Time 96
The Last Poem 99
Flight 100
A Way of Seeing 111
Seed 112
Twins 114
Spiderman 116
Becky 119
Emigrant 121
Obedience to the Word 123
Pusher 124
Rachel 126
Leah 127
Al's Dreamyard 128
Return 130
Traveller 131
How the Wedding Laughed 132
Longing 134
Birthing Room 135
Psalm 36 136
Lion Heart 138
Covenant 139
Trickster 140
Faith 142
Blessed 144
His Presence 145
Research 149
Bird Flies 151
Crime of Passion 153
Requiem 154
Vultures 156
Cave 158
Cross 159
Hate 160
Shame 161
Burial at Sea 162
Warrior 163
Rat 166
Land Ho 167
Some Tentative Definitions I 171
Light like a Feather, Heavy as Lead 172
Pisgah 174
I am a Stranger on Earth 175
Rumour 177
Turn your Eyes away from Worthless Things 179
The Intangibles of Faith 181
Some Tentative Definitions VI 182
Some Tentative Definitions VII 183
Shook Foil 184
Prayer for my Son 186
Some Tentative Definitions XI 188
Before the Poem 189
New Sounds 191
Black Heart 193
Rita 196
How can a Young Man Keep his Way Pure? 199
Some Tentative Definitions XV 201
Inheritance 205
Holy Dub 212
Liminal 215
Sun Strokes 216
Map Maker 218
Umpire at the Portrait Gallery 221
Baptism 223
Midland 226
Easter Sunday 233
Fat Man 237
The Old Man 238
Meeting 240
Bristol 241
Enigma of Departure 243
Birthright 245
Vernacular 248
Impossible Flying 250
Pre-Mortem 254
Resurrection 256
Ward Twenty-One 258
Casting Out Demons 260
Yellow 262
Chokota 263
American Dreams 264
Secrets 265
Your Hands 266
Index of first lines 269
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