"Heron's Canoe is an epic of Caribbean and pan-African history, which has two connecting themes: the clash between traditional and imperial values and the nature of poetic tradition. These themes are worked out in varying styles (narrative, hieratic, philosophical) and with reference to certain pivotal historical moments. Above all, the poem celebrates the Orishas. The power of Heron's Canoe lies in the range of its insights and its lyrical vigour. 'Heron's canoe' is the name of a constellation in Carib astrology, which symbolises magical transformation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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