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Kwame Dawes' Prophets: A Reader's Guide

Jeremy Poynting's illuminating and entertaining introduction and notes offers a user friendly guide to Kwame Dawes's Jamaican poetic masterpiece.

Author(s)
Jeremy Poynting
ISBN
9781845234133
Pages
168
Price
Classification
Literary Criticism
Setting
Jamaica
Date published
16 Jan 2018

Set in Jamaica in the late 1980s and 1990s, Prophets is a poem of rhythmic and metaphoric inventiveness, which “loads every rift… with ore.” It brings together an exacting a portrayal of the social and cultural resonances of Jamaican society with a soaring mythopoeic imagination that explores the tension between an ebullient cynicism and a heartfelt desire for faith.

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Jeremy Poynting

Jeremy Poynting was born in 1946, did a first degree in English at Leeds University, was active in the Communist Party (he left in 1968), joined the Socialist Workers Party briefly, then joined the ranks of the unattached Left, and now Momentum.

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