Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. African American Studies. Caribbean Studies. "Typeset in Brathwaite's trademark Sycorax video-print style, TRENCH TOWN ROCK is a harrowing account of violence in modern-day Jamaica. TRENCH TOWN ROCK, Kamau Brathwaite's long documentarian song, affords insistent 'nansic spin—a splay of clips, massed facts and faces, rare synaesthetic call and cry rolled into brash typographic distraint."—Nathaniel Mackey
About the Author
Since the early 1950s, Kamau Brathwaite has been one of the leading producers of intellectual discourse on Caribbean literature and culture. With poetic works such as the Arrivants (1973), a chronicle of the triangular slave trade, his place as a major contemporary poet and original literary voice of the Caribbean is well-established. The richness of Professor Brathwaite's verse is paralleled by the depth of his scholarly essays in literary criticism, cultural theory, and history. In recognition of his many literary achievements, Professor Brathwaite has been awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Casa de las Américas Premio, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Fulbright Fellowship. Among his books are Ancestors, Magical Realism, Golokwati, WORDS NEED LOVE TOO, Ark: A 9/11 Continuation Poem, The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica 1770-1820, CONVERSATIONS WITH NATHANIEL MACKEY, Born to Slow Horses, and TRENCH TOWN ROCK.