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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520053206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520053205
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Shining star of surrealism and negritude 24 April 2003
By R. Rockwell - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all this book itself is beautifully designed and oversized, containing selections from five of Cesaire's published books of poety, separated by prints by Wilfredo Lam.
This poetry of Cesaire requires an extensive introduction since it is filled with both politicsl and surrealistic elements. The editor provide a 30 page introduction which was very helpful.
I found that I needed to read these poems outloud in order to fully understand them. I wish that I could also read the French originals that we provided. Of course every great poet writes many poems that do no quite reach his general level of excellence and Cesaire is no exception, but I found many poems to treasure which will remain with me a long while. They make heavy use of Martiniquan flora and fauna, but every poem is about meaninful ways of acheiving power for the Black diaspora which was the heart of Cesaire's negritude
These poems belong in the collection of all who care about poetry.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
not only that 20 Oct. 2007
By Robin A. Daverso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this book, gifted to me by someone i admired, tossed without second thought into a box for the garage sale, changed my life. how many times, in the rageful sorrowful quiet times in my head have these passages sang themselves: vroom ru oh, that the promised times may return. etc. thankyou mr. cesaire, you have touched eternity in your creation.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Viva Cesaire 14 Jan. 2009
By Thomas Crapaud - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Through Cesaire's poetry I can see where maybe some of the Beats and Jayne Cortez got some of their riffs. This poetry was some of the first with its themes of black empowerment against colonialism and racism but its language is still cutting edge. It's angry and surreal which reminds me of Rimbaud but it has a whole rhythmic chant-like vibe all its own. Then there's the amazing island and flora and fauna imagery to add to the exoticism and even a hint of voodoo, like the reproductions of Wilfredo Lam's paintings scattered through the book. It's definitely more high energy than most of the Surrealists I've read. If you like the Surrealists, the Beats and Jayne Cortez, you'll love this.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Aime Cesaire: The Collected Poetry 21 Sept. 2008
By Shair Abdul-mani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A superb bi-lingual presentation of this 20th-century literary titan, whose writings continue to resonate into the 21st century. Vive la difference!
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