Night Vision: Poems

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Northwestern University Press, 2005 - Poetry - 68 pages
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Because we see with history,
it is difficult to see through it. And yet we must
or we become it, become nothing else but history.

It is this challenge, laid down in the powerful title poem of this collection, which Kendel Hippolyte takes up in Night Vision. And the history that Hippolyte penetrates is a history of the change overtaking the island of St. Lucia. As town becomes city and city spreads like a cancer, the poet's searching verse finds among the waste of humanity, nature, and culture a microcosm of the transforming Caribbean-from tradition, community, rooted identity, to social fragmentation, isolation, uncertainty. And yet, in the personal, away from the daytime public glare, Night Vision also finds the possibility of renewal. Engaging society and self, the poet's dialogue is conducted in a range of poetic voices and styles-the traditional forms of sonnet, villanelle, triolet, echo poem, as well as dramatic monologues in Caribbean English idioms and rhythms of speech; poems written to the metrics of blues and rap alongside free verse poems that expand in long-breath incantatory lines and contract in miniaturist forms as concise as graffiti. The joyful linguistic energy of the poems is perhaps what makes them, and us, look beyond the glaring reality they contemplate to a more hopeful, if nighttime, vision.
 

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Contents

not made with hands
3
city
5
42 chisel street
7
kinky blues
9
city graffiti
10
city voices
11
the head of mary rackliffe
17
temples of gov
20
you may be looking at someone whos stopped at writing
45
lately the words
46
origins
48
afterword
49
contra diction
50
circle of joy
51
mamoyi
53
creation
54

snow
22
gray
24
the pipers song
28
the pipers children
29
sale a millennium rap
33
night vision
36
autocolonial note
39
caribbean market
40
mt
41
history
42
idioetry
43
brodsky
44
the wild horses of the ozarks
56
ovaleas bedtime story to the third child
58
broken bowl
60
hurricane
61
the dogs
62
sane blues
63
quay
64
bright
66
light
67
like wind
68
about the author
71
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About the author (2005)

Born in St. Lucia in 1952, Kendel Hippolyte has published four books of poetry, the most recent being Birthright (Peepal Tree Press, 1997), and his poetry has appeared in various journals. He has twice won the Minvielle & Chastanet Fine Arts Award for Literature, the premier arts award in St.Lucia. In 2000 Hippolyte was awarded the St. Lucia Medal of Merit for his contribution to the arts.

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