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Born to Slow Horses (Wesleyan Poetry) Hardcover – 30 Aug 2005

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (30 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819567450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819567451
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 20.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,720,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If we believe that poetry must move the reader on an intellectual and visceral level, so that the reader is inspired to return to it and re-read again and again, then Born to Slow Horses promises to stand the test of time" Harold Heft, The Gazette, Montreal

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Kamau Brathwaite, born in Barbados in 1930, is an internationally celebrated poet, performer, and cultural theorist. He has won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bussa Award, and the Casa de las Americas Prize. Brathwaite is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University, and shares his time between CowPastor, Barbados and New York City.

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Dialect & A 'Play on Words' of Jamaica. 2 Dec. 2005
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This is the latest to hit the presses from the active poetical language of Jamaica from the spokesman of the Caribbean area. In it, he uses the jargon and dialect of those inhabitants and plays around with words. You wouldn't call him 'laconic' (sparing of words, terse, concise), but his seven features in this volume might be deemed 'concomitant' (existing or occurring concurrently).

He introduces some of us to the 'kimina' ritual, ghosts of slavery past, 'Osini' myth, Isaac's sacrifice ('compunction': remorse, uneasiness caused by guilt), surveying the islands and their coastlines from the air, and his extended family ('kismet': fate, destiny and fortune) which we all need in this global world today. He seems to have a 'yen' (a yearning, longing) for his old life and maintains a home in CowPastor, Barbados.

Edward K. Brathwaite is a long-standing member of the board of directors of UNESCO's 'History of Mankind' project and the subject of many articles about him and his art in 'World Literature Today' and 'Utopian Studies' about his "dream stories." He has taught at Yale, Harvard and is currently a professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. He was the recepient of both the Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. He has quite a following and two of his earlier books are ANCESTORS and MIDDLE PASSAGES.

Emily A. Williams wrote THE CRITICAL RESPONSE TO KAMAU BRATHWAITE (2004) and there is also available A DESCRIPTIVE, CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF (1950-1982) WORKS by this most poetic, prolific writer who is proud to represent his part of our world.
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