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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 847777 79 9
Categories: 21st Century, American, British, Caribbean
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 2013
80 pages (print version)
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. He grew up in Guyana, returning to England in his teens. He trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University and has ... read more
    Praise for Fred D'Aguiar 'An array of sublime poems that unfold unsettling accounts of 'black' identity and the horrors of slavery...written with refreshing candour.'
    Mohammad Fahran, Wasafiri
    'Translations from Memory everywhere suggests the vital necessity of continually revisiting and revising our cultural past... It asserts the presence of those who have been written out of it and shows how the complex legacies of slavery and colonialism remain under-explored and undigested.'
    Sarala Estruch, The Times Literary Supplement
    'D'Aguiar manages to weave together memoir, history and critical race theory in ways that deepen our understanding of his poetics...Translations from Memory [...] will no doubt cement his standing as one of the most important Guyanese writers of the twentieth century.'
    Leo Boix, Poetry London
     'D'Aguiar is not generally concerned with textual translation in this collection: he applies the word in a broader sense... abbreviations seem part of the serious trans-cultural game, inviting recognition, but also making the outsider notice the limits and exclusions their own education has entailed. Whether the planet's human creatures might coexist without radically mistranslating each other is one of the vigorously posed questions.'
    'Reformation' was The Guardian's Poem of the Week, September 24th 2018

     'D'Aguiar interrogates and reassesses whatever he sees in a poetry that is flexible and fast paced, every action, every relationship thrown into fierce relief by a sense of threat and insecurity...'
    Charles Bainbridge, The Guardian
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