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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 80–111.
Published: 01 June 2008
...M. NourbeSe Philip Small Axe Incorporated 2008 Zong! Poems M. NourbeSe Philip Prologue The story of the eighteenth-century slave ship Zong is one that continues to haunt the imaginations of artists and writers. Among those who have engaged with the horrific events...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (1): 141–144.
Published: 01 February 2007
...Christene Clarkson Small Axe Incorporated 2007 Two Poems Christene Clarkson Revival This afternoon, I sat by the beach and let the waves teach me persistence; teach me what it means to be there, to move and yet not change, to embrace the shore, and still keep it so free...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 140–144.
Published: 01 October 2006
...Christian Campbell Small Axe Incorporated 2006 Three Poems Christian Campbell Yellow Rooms In Grenada for the first time, my woman island, without her, at my writer-friend place in Morne Jaloux, verandah view out to bush bush bush then the Carenage, we were liming in the...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 138–142.
Published: 01 November 2016
... woodoves from time to time . no other sign or sound . not even cattle egrets the wind away . my soul by waters of the psalm w/out regrets the whole green time of pasture calm <we need this poem set to music for Retamar> eye in its likkle shell of life beginning its first feeling sound...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 73–79.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Sassy Ross A grandmother’s lost leg. A mother’s scarred sacrum. A daughter transformed into stone. In these five poems, history dwells in the body, the past deep in the bone. Confronting themes of poverty, intimate partner violence, and childhood sexual trauma, the poems speak to the varying ways...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 17–34.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Daniel Benjamin This essay argues that M. NourbeSe Philip’s 2008 book-length poem Zong! offers aesthetic experience as an undetermined exposure toward communality. As readers, we are not merely consuming the poem, which emerges from Philip’s reading of a 1781 court decision regarding a slave...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 80–88.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Suzanne C. Persard This series of poems operates somewhere between the Bronx, Half Way Tree (Kingston), and memory. Indian indentureship in Jamaica is epistemologically eclipsed; queer death is unmemorialized; an opening of sugar packets evokes the violence of empire. These poems reckon with loss...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Alex Benson Claude McKay's “Cudjoe Fresh from de Lecture” first saw print in his 1912 volume Songs of Jamaica . Its speaker, whose voice appears in a densely patterned representation of Jamaican Creole, meditates on biological variation and colonial history. Setting the poem against discourses of...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 125–137.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Emily A. Maguire In 1943, Cuban writer Lydia Cabrera published a Spanish translation of Aimé Césaire's poem Notebook of a Return to the Native Land with illustrations by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam. The translation introduced the concept of Négritude to a Cuban and Spanish-language readership. It was...
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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 , and the...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 102–120.
Published: 01 November 2015
... the same heritage? What is the proper time and place of a poet or a poem? What is the work of legacy? How might the effort to memorialize a poet detach us from the material conditions of his or her emergence? © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 René Char Edouard GLissant Saint John Perse Martinique...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 56–82.
Published: 01 July 2010
... pseudonyms used by H. P. Jacobs. 20 Dorothy Barnes, “The Poincettia Bush,” Public Opinion, 20 February 1937, 5. 21 I’m emphasizing the number of short stories published, rather than poems, because while poems were sometimes marginal and fit into corners surrounded by news, stories took up more...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (1 (15)): 43–62.
Published: 01 March 2004
...–45 (142). 2. Gordon Rohlehr, “Th e Creative Writer and West Indian Society,” Kaie: Th e Literary Vision of Carifesta ’72 11 (August 1973): 48–77 (52). 3. Ibid., 52. In the early 1950s Carter published Th e Kind Eagle: Poems of Prison (Georgetown: Martin Carter, 1952). Small Axe 15...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 19–39.
Published: 01 June 2006
... major new creative work since Carter’s 1980 collection Poems of Affinity 1978–1980. Why did Lamming and Carter stop publishing after such promising beginnings? In Lamming’s case, the standard response of Caribbean critics has been that exile eventually took...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 65–83.
Published: 01 November 2015
... insights into the black Atlantic and the challenge of experiencing dub as a sound archive but also as a phenomenology that raises questions of embodiment and gendered bodily labor. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 sound archive dub phenomenology embodiment erotics yes dis poem is a drum ashanti mau...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 23–38.
Published: 01 September 2003
..., literally, monotonous. Breeze herself has commented on the masculinization of the genre of dub poetry, and recalls Mutabaruka’s off er to record her poem “Aid Travels with a Bomb” in keeping with the sentiment that it was better suited for a male voice Moreover, she observes that the one-drop...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 17–45.
Published: 01 March 2003
... moments abroad, he took refuge in this memory and wrote some of his most accomplished and moving poems of nostalgia. ? e very struggle to remember, to deepen and to nourish his memory of Jamaica against the corrosive power of time and distance, often became the subject of his...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 182–183.
Published: 01 March 2010
... Gibran discovered Rod McKuen later poets I’ve not read in ages I used to own recordings of McKuen’s poems and his songs I’ve not read Rice either for some time used to love him like a brother, like a father, especially his laughter small axe 31 • March 2010 • DOI 10.1215/07990537-2009-048...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 101.
Published: 01 November 2011
... kamau brathwaite Lamentin for Edouard Glissant 1928-2011 it will haffe be a poem tho i can’t turn it off & on even tho it drips its sorrow through the night more than regret. wet when i touch yr hand that evening. gracious and thoughtful as ever and so full...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 143–145.
Published: 01 November 2016
... inocencia, en su palabra pura y audaz, sobre un caballo de La Víbora. —El Cerro, 2 de agosto 2016 An English translation of this poem is available at www.smallaxe.net . Roberto Fernández Retamar con sombrero, circa 1995. Courtesy of Casa de las Américas Roberto Fernández Retamar con...