Turner: New and Selected Poems

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David Dabydeen's Turner is a long narrative poem written in response to J. M. W. Turner's celebrated poem "Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying." Dabydeen's poem focuses on what is hidden in Turner's painting, the submerged head of the drowning African. In inventing a biography and the drowned man's unspoken desires, the poem brings into confrontation the wish for renewal and the inescapable stains of history, including the meaning of Turner's painting.

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Overview

David Dabydeen's Turner is a long narrative poem written in response to J. M. W. Turner's celebrated poem "Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying." Dabydeen's poem focuses on what is hidden in Turner's painting, the submerged head of the drowning African. In inventing a biography and the drowned man's unspoken desires, the poem brings into confrontation the wish for renewal and the inescapable stains of history, including the meaning of Turner's painting.

Author Biography: David Dabydeen heads the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick. He was born in Guyana, but has lived in the United Kingdom from his early youth. He is the author of the novels The Intended, Disappearance, The Counting House, A Harlot's Progress, and two earlier books of poetry, Slave Song, which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Coolie Odyssey. He is recognized among the United Kingdom's finest writers. He is also the author of The Counting House, A Harlot's Progress, and Hogarth's Blacks: Images of Blacks in 18th Century English Art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900715683
  • Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Turner 9
The Old Map 43
El Dorado 44
Song of the Creole Gang Women 45
Slave Song 48
Nightmare 50
Rebel Love 52
Miranda 53
Love Song 54
The Sexual Word 56
Impotence 57
Ma Talking Words 58
On Her Unfaithfulness 60
Catching Crabs 61
For Ma 62
Coolie Mother 64
Coolie Son 65
Men and Women 66
Elegy 68
Slavewoman's Song 70
Coolie Odyssey 72
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