Kwame Dawes

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Kwame Dawes


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Ghana
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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.

His 11th collection of verse, Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, was published in January 2006. In February, 2007 Akashic Books published his novel, She's Gone and Peepal Tree Books published his 12th collection of poetry, Impossible Flying, and his non-fiction work, A Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative.

His essays have appeared in numerous
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Average rating: 3.65 · 3,831 ratings · 540 reviews · 103 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Mountain and the Sea

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3.07 avg rating — 1,905 ratings — published 2020 — 2 editions
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Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius

4.29 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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She's Gone

3.28 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 2007 — 5 editions
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Nebraska: Poems

4.15 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 2019 — 4 editions
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Duppy Conqueror: New and Se...

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Wisteria: Poems From The Sw...

4.41 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2006
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When the Rewards Can Be So ...

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Midland

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
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Bivouac

3.03 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1998 — 8 editions
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Gomer's Song

3.96 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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“If you wait long enough, all murders
will have lost their scream, all bloodlines
forgotten, all dynamite broken, all storms
settled, all bones cleaned of the memory of sin.”
Kwame Dawes, Wheels

“I am listening to the wind,
to the voice in the wind telling me
to write it all down. So I do.”
Kwame Dawes, Wheels

“A lot of people say they want to leave this city to go somewhere else. Not me. I love this place for what it is. Ugly and pretty. Rough and tender. Chaotic and smooth. Loving and murderous. All of it.”
Kwame Dawes, Kingston Noir

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