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Midland: Poems

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The winning manuscript of the fourth annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize is also the exciting American debut by a poet who has already established himself as an important international poetic voice. Midland , the seventh collection by Kwame Dawes, draws deeply on the poet's travels and experiences in Africa, the Caribbean, England, and the American South. Marked equally by ...more
Paperback, 103 pages
Published February 14th 2001 by Ohio University Press
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I chose this to read because it's April, National Poetry Month, and I work below the SC Poetry Archive. I pulled out a bunch of poetry by Kwame Davis because I had recently read and enjoyed some anthologies he edited. He used to teach in SC and thus is considered an SC poet forevermore, but does not in fact live in the state anymore.

This collection of poems reflects Dawes' own life and journeys and the places he has traveled through or called home, and the people he found along the way. I found
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I re-read each of these poems at least a half dozen times. The Poems are quite lyrical in the narratives that give shout-out to the genealogy of Caribbean writers as Dawes pays homage and seems to travel a personal journey ending in South Carolina and the story of a friend's family history....there is a strong visual component to the poems as they travel across continents, history, music, with a touch of melancholy but not indulgent. These were poems that I walked around in to absorb the ...more
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Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica . As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in a recent interview his "spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music." His book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley.

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