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The Rose of Toulouse

Fred D'Aguiar

The Rose of Toulouse by Fred D'Aguiar
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ISBN: 978 1 847772 29 9
Categories: 21st Century, American, British, Caribbean
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 2013
211 x 132 x 10 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • ‘I should never ask / directions to my childhood’, writes Fred D’Aguiar: there is no way back home. The Rose of Toulouse is a book of geographies tracing the various places the poet has lived, their histories, and his own history as he travels away from who he was. His transformations and shifts – between Britain, Guyana and the USA – are his identity: ‘Each year I travel, my passport photo / looks less like me.’ In both flexible free verse and more formally patterned poems, D’Aguiar conveys the fragility of flesh and the transience of memories.
    Politics 
    Rigged 
    Key West 
    Excise 
    Boy Soldier 
    War on Terror 
    Wartime Aubade 
    Trace 
    Monday Morning 
    Shoes My Father Wore 
    The Lady with the Purple Glove 
    Underwater 
    Wednesday’s Child 
    Yesterday’s News 
    The Dream Giver 
    Letter from King Ferdinand of Spain to the Tainos in October 1493 
    Legal Tender 
    Dreamboat 
    Wish 
    News from Nowhere 
    English 
    Life 
    Dalí on Dickens 
    Calvino 
    In Memoriam
    Love 
    19 Victoria Street, Shrewsbury 
    A Concrete Walk in the Woods 
    The Rose of Toulouse 
    Saturday, Ocean Creek 
    Calypso History Lesson 
    from American Vulture
    - The Vulture Goddess 
    - Vulture Highway Code 
    - Vulture Red Letter Day 
    - Vulture’s Theory of Perpetual Return 
    - Vulture in El Dorado 
    Emily Dickinson, How Does Your Garden Grow? 
    The Storm 
    The Fence 
    Night Swim 
    The Giant of Land’s End 
    Fred D'Aguiar was born in London in 1960 to Guyanese parents and grew up in Guyana, returning to England when he was a teenager. He trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His previous collections of poetry are Mama Dot (1985), ... read more
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