Requiem: A Lament for the Dead

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Peepal Tree, 1996 - Poetry - 48 pages
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In these 'shrines of remembrance' for the millions of the victims of transatlantic slavery, Kwame Dawes constructs a sequence which laments, rages, mourns, but also celebrates survival. Focusing on individual moments in this holocaust which lasted nearly four hundred years, these poems both cauterize a lingering infection and offer the oil of healing. In these taut lyric pieces, Dawes achieves what might seem impossible: saying something fresh about a subject which, despite attempts at historical amnesia, will not go away. He does it by eschewing sentimentality, rant or playing to the audience, black or white. His poems go to the heart of the historical experience and its contemporary reverberations.

This sequence was inspired by the award-winning book, The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo by the American artist Tom Feelings.

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Contents

Reseaich
9
Bird Flies
11
First Kill
13
Train Coming
15
Crime of Passion
16
Womb
18
Swamp Poem
19
Lines
20
Cross
30
Rabid
31
Family Tree
32
Hate
34
Shame
35
Anchor
36
Burial at Sea
37
Balm
38

Requiem
21
Vultures
23
Collaborators
25
Cave
26
Language
27
County Councillor
28
Homeless
40
Warrior
42
Rat
45
Land Ho
46
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