Ancestors

Full Title Ancestors
ISBN 0811214486
ISBN13 9780811214483
Publisher New Directions Publishing Corporation
Authors Kamau Brathwaite
Edition REVISED
Overview The long-awaited single volume of Kamau Brathwaite's landmark trilogy--Mother Poem, Sun Poem, and X/Self-- now completely revised, expanded, and reinvented by the author. Ancestors is a startling reinvention of one of the most important long poems of our hemisphere. The original three volumes, Mother Poem, Sun Poem, and X/Self (1977, 1982, and 1987, Oxford University Press), widely recognized as crucial to Kamau Brathwaite's work, have long been unavailable in the US. Ancestors, which completely revises the trilogy, rediscovers Barbados -- the place, its history and ethos -- as well as the poet's family and childhood. With its Video Sycorax typographic inventions and linguistic play, Ancestors liberates both the language and the new-Caliban vision of the poet. In its new and more experimental form the trilogy embodies the recapture (what the poet has called the intercovery) of Brathwaite's African/Caribbean ancestry as a possession of power and renewal, even as it plumbs the deep tonalities of enslavement, oppression, and colonial dispossession.
Dimensions 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.89 (d)
Subjects Poetry - General & Miscellaneous
Latin American & Caribbean Poetry

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