Caribbean Blues and Love's Genealogy by Dannabang KuwabongCaribbean Blues and Love's Genealogy by Dannabang Kuwabong

Caribbean Blues and Love's Genealogy

byDannabang Kuwabong

Paperback | September 30, 2008

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In this new collection of poetry, Kuwabong shows a maturity of voice and a larger poetic vision to celebrate love--love for the people of the Caribbean and love between lovers. In the first part of this collection the love that is celebrated emerges from a deep sense of historical reconnection with the poet?s African ancestors who were taken captive and sent to the Caribbean. But the focus is not on the brutality of their enslavement, though that is the guiding principle that informs the poetic voice. The poems perform a retrospective search for the roots that his African ancestors planted in the new world without romanticizing their struggles, defeats, and victories. Thus they recreate the continental African as a seeker of a poetic understanding of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean. In the second part, Kuwabong takes the reader through a Prufrockian maze of relationships complicated by expectations and disappointments. The city of Hamilton, Ontario especially provides the social and physical landscapes that initiate the personae?s responses to love made tricky by the extreme challenges of the mundane. Though the poems silently scream with pain and disappointment, these moods are calmed by epiphanies of extreme tenderness that bind the relationships.
Dannabang Kuwabon was born in Nanville in the Upper West Region of Ghana. He was educated in Ghana, Scotland, and Canada and teaches Caribbean literature at the University of Pierto Rico, San Juan. He has published three books of poetry: Naa Konga and other Dagaaba Folktales, Visions of Venom , and Echoes from Dusty Rivers. Kuwabong's ...
Title:Caribbean Blues and Love's GenealogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 8.7 × 5.7 × 0.3 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1894770501

ISBN - 13:9781894770507

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Table of Contents

Book One: Caribbean BluesPreamble: To My Caribbean Sisters 1Child at Sea-Junctions 4Arriving in Nanny?s Country: Jamaica 6BarbadosDay I 15Day II 16Day III 18Day IV 19GuyanaGeorgetown--Day I 22Georgetown--Day II 25Georgetown--Day III 26Georgetown--Day IV 29Book Two: Love?s GenealogyMapping 33Love Throttles 35Along the Spine 36Before the Silent Gate 37What the Eyes Say 38Our Memorial 39Behind Empty Silence 40We Seek the Voice of Shadow 41The Call 42Commitment to Stone 43Eating the Fruit 44Face the Wall 46Isolation at the Pool 47At the Rodeo 48How Beautiful 49Remnants 50Waiter at Passion?s Table 51Vigil at Death?s Point 52La Rumba 54Rule of Fear 56In the Mandala 58Groping Ghosts 60Among Forgotten Cynosure 61No More Loon Calls 62Catching the Passing Wind 63Book Three: Miscellaneous AdventuresIn Memory of a Fetus 67Teaching English in UPR 69Crushing Mangoes 70My Last Testament 71

Editorial Reviews

". . . these poems are rhythmical, full of life, meant to be read aloud."