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The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy

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Presents an exploration of the predicament of the contemporary New World Negro. This work interweaves the state of the Caribbean homeland, its natural beauty, its violent history, the values that sustain its people, into a poetic statement through the tension of jazz/folk rhythm, through historical flashbacks, and more.
Paperback, 286 pages
Published June 18th 1981 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1973)
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Tara Betts
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Such a great book for the way it syncretizes so many religious traditions from different parts of the African Diaspora. Braithwaite utilizes syllabics and praise poems too. I could say more, but I just wanted to affirm this book.
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Jan 06, 2014 Brian Dean rated it it was amazing
When I first read this book in a Caribbean Lit. class I had a rudimentary appreciation of the craft, but I did not relate to the place, the history, the culture, etc. that it describes. I knew nothing of African mythology, and my personal background was very far away from the Caribbean and Africa. My experience has broadened significantly in the 23 years since then, but I still feel like a stranger--an outsider looking into a foreign world--and that is unlikely to ever change. Still, for me, ...more
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A good collection of poems that address the topics of slavery and black Atlantic literature. As with all collections, some poems will speak more to the reader than others.
The poems range from almost story-like in narration to very metaphorical and lyrical.
As part of my Black Atlantic Literature class, this collection is a nice supplement to the autobiographical texts I had to read up to this point.
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Recommends it for: all yall descendants of the bush by way of the middle passage
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Edward Kamau Brathwaite is widely considered one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary canon. A professor of Comparative Literature at New York University,Brathwaite is the 2006 International Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, for his volume of poetry Born to Slow Horses.

Brathwaite holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex (1968) and was the co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement
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