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Mar. 23rd, 2015

Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected PoemsDuppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


An amazing collection that follows the evolution of a great contemporary poet. Gathering poems from his many earlier books as well as including a book-length collection of new poems, the collection wisely uses chronology to show Dawes's growth as a poet, even as many of his themes - music, particularly reggae and the blues, race, sex, relationships, the struggle to survive in a harsh world. The title of the book comes from a Bob Marley song; a duppy in Jamaican culture is a malevolent spirit working toward a harmful outcome. While the poems here highlight the struggle, they never give in to hopelessness. A powerful collection; highly recommended.



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