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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 16–35.
Published: 01 July 2021
... alternative practices of listening and soundmaking, they have marginalized black experience. Caribbean noise, formed out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, has been excluded from informing those alternative practices. The depths of sonic experience revealed by soundscapes of Kamau Brathwaite’s poetry...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 111–123.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Timothy J. Reiss This essay tracks Kamau Brathwaite’s life, his poetic and critical writing, and his travails and thinking, from youth and early career—in Barbados, England, Ghana, and the Caribbean, but mainly from his arrival at New York University in 1991—through his retirement in 2013...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 124–144.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Gordon Rohlehr This essay, an extract from a longer two-hundred-page manuscript, traces the author’s literary friendship with Kamau Brathwaite from their first meeting in 1968 to Brathwaite’s passing in 2020. It relies on correspondence over fifty years, memories of meetings, and critical responses...
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Published: 01 July 2021
Figures 2 and 3 Front and back covers of Edward [Kamau] Brathwaite’s spoken word albums Masks , 1968 (Argo, London, Mono PLP 1183), and Islands , 1973 (Argo, London, PLP 1184/5). Photographs by Mathieu Bonnefont Figures 2 and 3. Front and back covers of Edward [Kamau] Brathwaite’s spoken word More
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 108–110.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Lorna Goodison This essay takes the form of a brief tribute to the life and work of Kamau Brathwaite and his first wife, Doris Brathwaite. It is written from the point of view of a writer who knew Kamau personally and who considers herself to be the beneficiary of his immense wisdom and iconoclasm...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 102–107.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Aaron Kamugisha This introduction opens a special section featuring a series of tributes in homage to Kamau Brathwaite. The author’s generational perspective becomes the occasion for a reflection on Brathwaite’s legacy, creative voice, and sustained vision of the future of the Caribbean. The essay...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 145–164.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Elaine Savory Kamau Brathwaite left us just before COVID-19 changed our world. This memoriam essay explores the questions his work poses in his role as mentor/teacher/Griot to other writers, toward whom he was always very generous and encouraging. He asks us to embrace uncertainty, making...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 105–115.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Kelly Baker Josephs This essay is part of a special section on Edward Kamau Brathwaite’s 1975 essay “Caribbean Man in Space and Time” (reprinted in the issue), briefly tracing the dissemination history of Brathwaite’s essay, then focusing on two main lines of argument in it to explore...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 127–133.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Nadi Edwards This essay reads Kamau Brathwaite’s seminal 1975 essay “Caribbean Man in Space and Time” in terms of its rhetorical politics. Conceptually, the essay’s hybrid and heterogeneous discourses and registers are theorized in terms drawn from Clifford Geertz, Leah Rosenberg, and Mandy...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 1–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
... briefly refers to two generative moments in the history of Caribbean studies: one in the 1950s framed around M. G. Smith's A Framework for Caribbean Studies and another in the 1970s framed around Kamau Brathwaite's “Caribbean Man in Space and Time.” The point in considering these moments in the figuring...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 134–146.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Paul Joseph López Oro This essay uses Kamau Brathwaite’s conceptualizations of the “inner plantation” and “neglected Maroons” in his field-making 1975 essay “Caribbean Man in Space and Time” to meditate on the multiple meanings of home within Garifuna political subjectivity. St. Vincent holds...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 101.
Published: 01 November 2011
...kamau brathwaite © Small Axe, Inc. 2011 Edouard Glissant Remembering 100  |  Remembering Edouard Glissant Edouard Glissant, Saint-Malo, France, 31 May 2009. Photograph by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images. 36 • November 2011...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 1–6.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Kamau Brathwaite © 2011 by Small Axe, Inc. 2011 bellatdonna for patsie aika & marlon & remembering vic reid E arly on Saturday morning about 8 o’clock in the warm chill of the thirsty Botswana winter. she pick up...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 40–41.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Kamau Brathwaite © Kamau Brathwaite 2017 the landscape has no life no habitation no memory until there is a grave/crib under it – Márquez/Solitude See also NourbeSe ‘Meditations on CowPasture’ The morning that i stir within the narrow compost of my grave miraculously ash space...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 116–126.
Published: 01 November 2021
... in 1955. 1 One might read Scott’s move here as marking the official inauguration of Caribbean studies. But then he turns to Kamau Brathwaite’s 1975 essay “Caribbean Man in Space and Time” as making an intervention into Caribbean studies, especially as a study of the social as informed by poetics. I...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 69–71.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Kamau Brathwaite A tribute to Nelson Mandela © Kamau Brathwaite 2014 Living in this solitude surrounded by its waters whales conquistadores voyagers Quarrying each day and every day into the hard blind limestone blisters of yr memory. remembering everything until it seem like nothing...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
... in which the idea of a black radical tradition has been employed. The essay suggests that “Africa” and “slavery” are recurrent tropes of this tradition and gives the example of Edward Kamau Brathwaite's discussion of Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa . © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 179–187.
Published: 01 November 2017
... and Kamau Brathwaite. Ultimately, this essay discusses the uneasy relationship between rooted, land-based constructs of identity and flowing water imagery, arguing that exploring the tensions between them is productive not only in the case of Puerto Rico but also in other Caribbean settings. © Small Axe...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123–135.
Published: 01 July 2013
... to create a counterhistory of the present. Reading the novel through the lens of Afrofuturism and via Kamau Brathwaite's conception of a Caribbean cosmology and Sylvia Wynter's theories of aethetics, this essay examines the novel's representation of “the free”: a rapidly changing present existing...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2008
...Nadi Edwards This paper examines the representation of contemporary figures of “bare life” in the context of postcolonial Jamaican modernity. The representation of Kingston as a dystopia is one such trope of bare life, as evident in Kamau Brathwaite's 1994 prose poem, Trench Town Rock...