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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.
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