A Place to Hide

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Kwame Dawes puts the "reggae aesthetic" to work in these stories of contemporary Jamaica. His characters murder, go mad, abuse, love, create, seek personal salvation and the fullest expression of their sensuality with an astonishing but wholly believable intensity. The stories question how a society of such violence and disorder can function, and how it can be portrayed without either sensationalism or passivity. For Dawes, it is creativity that redeems. The collection rises to heights of towering myth in ...
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Overview

Kwame Dawes puts the "reggae aesthetic" to work in these stories of contemporary Jamaica. His characters murder, go mad, abuse, love, create, seek personal salvation and the fullest expression of their sensuality with an astonishing but wholly believable intensity. The stories question how a society of such violence and disorder can function, and how it can be portrayed without either sensationalism or passivity. For Dawes, it is creativity that redeems. The collection rises to heights of towering myth in "Marley's Ghost," a story of soaring imagination that will surely raise the hair on the back of the reader's neck.

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: 9781900715485
  • Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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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

A Place to Hide 7
At the Lighthouse 27
Vershan I: Burdens 55
Tending Rosebuds 67
Foreplay 99
Evening Song 107
Vershan II: Let Me Go 131
Flight 139
Sinatra 159
In the Gully 171
Vershan III: Chokota 199
The Poet 205
The Clearing 229
Vershan IV: Burnt Offering 239
Marley's Ghost 249
Vershan V: Scratch Madness 301
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