While Kamau Brathwaite is renown for his achievements as a world literary, historical, and cultural critic, his Anglophone Caribbean poetry is the cornerstone of his legacy. His critically acclaimed trilogy, The Arrivants, which is composed of the individual volumes, Rights of Passage, Masks, and Islands is analyzed along with many other poetic works. Also discussed within are his innovative and highly original literary techniques which have evolved during over forty years as a poet.
This book is a collection of selected critical responses to volumes of Brathwaite's poetry written from the 1960s to 2000s. Organized by decades, it includes book reviews, articles, essays, and personal reflections. Also included is a recent interview with Brathwaite conducted by Williams in 2002. In this interview, Brathwaite has the opportunity to address his critics as he responds to his work holistically as well as specific volumes of his poetry and stylistic innovations. Anyone interested in Brathwaite's poetry will truly enjoy this work.
About the Author:
EMILY ALLEN WILLIAMS is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Morehouse College. She is also the author of Anglophone Caribbean Poetry, 1970-2001: An Annotated Bibliography (Praeger, 2002).