Quote of the Day
Carcanet has always been the place to look for considerations of purely literary and intellectual merit. Its list relies on the vision and the faith and the energy of people who care about books, and values. It is thus as rare as it is invaluable.
Subscribe to our mailing list
ISBN: 978 1 857543 11 7
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 1997
215 x 135 x 5 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
During which time, blacking out, the sky spits
a cob-full of molars, shakes and blusters
with light, and shaking off blackets or whores the uncoffeed
decend each old white-washed splinter-wood space
through the gossip and hum of the air, in whose space
belongs the sounds of everyone: he,
the enterer, she, the forlorn, you
the strictly unperturbed, me, the freshly undone.
'Dar Es Salaam'
Afrika! is an imaginary space, a 'k' and an exclamation mark away from the processes, histories and conflicts that this, Adam Schwartzman's second collection, takes for its subject. It is a space that is at once estranging and, with its wily appropriations, home ground for the citizen of the English language. Above all, in projecting 'the great out-there' into one fictive universe, Afrika! eschews personality and vigorously re-affirms community of descent, inheritance and association -- as the source of authority, both poetic and political.
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2018 Carcanet Press Ltd