Saraband Caroline Ravenspeare

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Saraband  by  Caroline Ravenspeare

Saraband by Caroline Ravenspeare
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** George Elliott Clarke, a Nova Scotia-born author and poet, teaches literature at the University of Toronto. In 2001, he won the Governor Generals Literary Award for poetry. **Born in St. Vincent, employed in Trinidad and the U.S., and now livingMore** George Elliott Clarke, a Nova Scotia-born author and poet, teaches literature at the University of Toronto.

In 2001, he won the Governor Generals Literary Award for poetry. **Born in St. Vincent, employed in Trinidad and the U.S., and now living in Barbados, Carolle Bourne won that nations Kamau Brathwaite Award in 2002. Saraband (The Incomplete Works of Caroline Ravenspeare) (Independent Press, $15), published in Montreal last year, celebrates Caribbean identity, and, particularly, Carib heritage, for the author is a descendent of Chatoyer, an 18th-century chief and St. Vincents first national hero.But these poems also narrate a difficult love affair.

See Perfume: Once a lover of / things light and floral - / I find myself drifting / from jasmine to /pungent pithy fragrances / like burying myself / in the deepest sense of you. Fascinatingly, Bourne often shifts between Victorian phrases and street- talk: an ex-colonial tic.[Shes an exmplar] of ... exemplary transatlantic poetry.



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