Wise Fish: Tales in 6/8 Time

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A rhythmic blend of language and myth, this collection creates a poetic atlas of cultures as it documents the centuries-long, open-sea migrations from Africa to the Caribbean to the Florida coast. The image of the “wise fish” is recurrent in these poems, a witness whose eyes were never closed to the perilous journeys that brought so many to the shores of Miami. Tempered by loss and infused with the musicality of the oral tradition, this collection heralds the vibrant ...

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Overview

A rhythmic blend of language and myth, this collection creates a poetic atlas of cultures as it documents the centuries-long, open-sea migrations from Africa to the Caribbean to the Florida coast. The image of the “wise fish” is recurrent in these poems, a witness whose eyes were never closed to the perilous journeys that brought so many to the shores of Miami. Tempered by loss and infused with the musicality of the oral tradition, this collection heralds the vibrant Afro-Latino-Caribbean culture emerging from the migratory experience.

Adrian Castro, a Cuban-Dominican performance poet and Ifa priest from Miami, writes as if “Chano Pozo were hitting the keys of a typewriter instead of the skin of a drum.” Wise Fish is his second collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Joel Brouwer
Wise Fish is a serious and seriously enjoyable contribution to our flourishing Latino literature.
— The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891721
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 85
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Castro, a Cuban-Dominican poet and Ifa priest from Miami, writes as if "Chano Pozo were hitting the keys of a typewriter instead of the skin of a drum" (Victor Hernández Cruz). He is the author of Cantos to Blood and Honey and Wise Fish: Tales in 6/8 Time, a New York Times Editor's Choice selection.

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Table of Contents

1959 - the first mass (for instance) 1
Before departure 3
Incantation before departure 5
Before becoming wise fish 7
Brincando el Charco (this is called courage) 9
Veve / Firma 12
Back home a splash can only come from a fish 13
The birth of an Abiku 14
Cuchillo de Doble Filo (I) 18
Un Rezo to reconcile 20
The sound of one immigrant clapping 22
Bombillo ever after 24
Honeymoon in China 26
The mysteries come to the bridge 27
Incantation for the word 30
The trance/migration of sound 32
One irony of the Caribbean 35
Para la Installation de Jose Bedia 37
A new atlas 41
Fishing at the crossroads 43
Cuchillo de Doble Filo (II) 47
When she carried a calabash 48
Regarding iron 51
Reunion 53
Flowers, photo, a glass of water for Octavio 57
Hoodoo whisper 59
Misa Caribena 61
Ogunda 67
Loisaida haikus 69
In summary : the African cycle 71
History of an Abiku 72
Missing angels 73
Cross the water 75
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