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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 (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 (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 138–142.
Published: 01 November 2016
... beginning its first feeling sound . then sight . intent far before whirls & breakers . long before love . long before sorrow . long before loss and light and lwa . <we need this poem set to music for Retamar> So beautiful this Sunday afternoon of Quietness and peace woodoves from...
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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...
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Published: 01 November 2021
Figure 1 “Le poème tué” graffiti, artist unknown at the time, Brouard Street, Port-au-Prince, 2019. Photograph by Guillermina De Ferrari More
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Published: 01 November 2021
Figure 14 “Le poème tué” graffiti, by Ricardo Boucher, Jean Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, Port-au-Prince, 2020. Photograph by Adler Pierre More
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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 (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 63–88.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Figure 1 “Le poème tué” graffiti, artist unknown at the time, Brouard Street, Port-au-Prince, 2019. Photograph by Guillermina De Ferrari ...
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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 (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...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 111–123.
Published: 01 March 2022
... and return to Barbados, up to his death in 2020. It especially follows Kamau from his low “time of salt” of the late 1980s in Jamaica through the stunning critical and poetic burgeoning from the 1990s on, with such works as Barabajan Poems ; the two-volume MR ; the prize-winning Born to Slow Horses...
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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...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 102–120.
Published: 01 November 2015
... into 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 (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...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2022
... a recuperation of a poetics between Ríos and Philip enhance a study of the body? Through a close reading of two poems, it points to instances of absence and disappearance as generative signals that enable these women to transgress the silences that structure imaginative and lived experiences. In doing so...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 85–100.
Published: 01 March 2022
... the killing of George Floyd, and the profitability of amnesia in our capitalist societies. In this interview, readers can also access a recent poem, “When the looting starts . . . ,” which Philip dedicates to African American activist Tamika D. Mallory. mfernandezcampa80@gmail.com Copyright © 2022...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 119–143.
Published: 01 July 2022
... about the title of the exhibition, which is taken from a Khal Torabully poem, and explains the relevance of and his intrigue with the four artists whose works comprise the exhibition: Wendy Nanan (Trinidad and Tobago), Margaret Chen (Jamaica/Canada), Andrea Chung (Jamaica/United States), and Kelly...
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Small Axe (2024) 28 (1 (73)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2024
... often assumed to be irrelevant to such critical conversations: Aimé Césaire’s Notebook of a Return to the Native Land . He puts Césaire’s poem in dialogue with one of the three sketches produced by the Cuban painter Wifredo Lam for the 1943 Cuban translation of the Notebook —a drawing at once surrealist...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 56–82.
Published: 01 July 2010
... 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 space on the page and when included in an issue commanded a greater presence. Table 1 compares the number of stories, poems, and plays...